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The Hidden Cost of Offshore Tax Havens

When U.S. corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes to the federal government, it is an abuse of our tax system. Tax haven abusers benefit from our markets, infrastructure, educated workforce, and security, but they pay next to nothing for these benefits. Ultimately, taxpayers must pick up the tab, either in the form of higher taxes, cuts to public spending priorities, or increased national debt. 

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Media Hit | Budget

Editorial: City gets poor grade for transparency

In a report out this month, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group ranked Sacramento next to last among 30 large cities in providing online databases of its spending with "checkbook level" detail. The study also looked at how easily residents can track their service requests online.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection

CALPIRG Applauds FTC’s New Privacy Guidelines for Online Apps

“When less than one-third of Americans feel that they are in control of their personal information on their mobile devices, clearly there is a problem,” said Jon Fox, consumer advocate with CALPIRG.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Citizens United Measure for L.A. Ballot Moves Forward

The City Council preliminarily agreed today to ask Los Angeles voters in May to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people -- an effort to limit their ability to influence elections.

Austin Price, field director with the California Public Interest Research Group, hailed the council's action.  "This gives citizens the opportunity to use the very tools of our democracy to reclaim it from the undue influence of big money," Price said.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Initiative Targeting Big Money in Elections One Step Closer to Being on L.A. Ballot In May

The L.A. City Council took one more step today to put the CALPIRG and Common Cause supported measure on the ballot.  This means Angelenos would see this question on the ballot in May:

Shall the Voters adopt a resolution that there should be limits on political campaign spending and that corporations should not have the constitutional rights of human beings and instruct Los Angeles elected officials and area legislative representatives to promote that policy through amendments to the United States Constitution?

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News Release | CALPIRG | Financial Reform

Common-Sense Refinancing Options Could Save California Homeowners $5.6 Billion A Year

Data released today by CALPIRG finds that making it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages could give consumers more options, save money, and stabilize California’s housing market. In California alone, 1.3 million families could qualify, saving them $5.6 billion a year.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Financial Reform

Using mortgage settlement funds in budget could cost CA in the long run

Sacramento, CA—In Governor Brown’s May revision of the budget he proposes spending $292 million of the national mortgage settlement to help fill the state’s budget gap this year, and the remaining $118 million next year. The majority of these funds, $198 million, will go toward paying off general fund bond debt in the current budget.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Food

Flawed Farm Bill Heads Towards Senate Floor

CALPIRG urges our U.S. Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, to vote no on the 2012 Farm Bill unless it is amended to stop wasteful taxpayer subsidies to large, profitable agribusinesses. At a time of tough budget choices, the last thing we should be doing with our tax dollars, is giving billions to companies that don't need the support.  

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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Bill to Ban Certain Gifts to Legislators Approved by State Senate

A bill to prohibit interests who hire lobbyists in Sacramento from giving certain gifts to legislators cleared the State Senate this morning. Over the past decade legislators have received more than $4 million in gifts.

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed

BANKS SKIM MILLIONS IN FEES FROM STUDENT AID

Banks and other financial firms take advantage of partnerships with colleges and universities, harming students.

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The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening the effectiveness of lifesaving antibiotics. Call on the state Legislature to ban the mass distribution of antibiotics to livestock.

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