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L.A.'s Prop C a step toward reforming elections: Editorial

For voters who are sickened by modern big-money politics, next month's Los Angeles city ballot contains a potential antidote.  It's a chance for Angelenos to get behind one aspect of much-needed election reform by striking back against U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have removed limits on campaign spending by corporations, labor unions and shadowy interest groups.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Democracy

Coming together, pushing back | Jon Fox

 

Observations from the annual National Conference on Media Reform.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Budget

Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average California Taxpayer $1,265 a Year, California Small Business $3,524

With Tax Day approaching, it’s a good time to be reminded of where our tax dollars are going.   CALPIRG released a new study which revealed that the average California taxpayer in 2012 would have to shoulder an extra $1265 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Huffman calls for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

A constitutional amendment to restore campaign finance laws voided by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision topped the wish list of panelists at a forum Thursday on election reform hosted by freshman Congressman Jared Huffman.

"Amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United may well be one of the most important issues of our time," Huffman, D-San Rafael, said at the forum at Dominican University in San Rafael. He encouraged attendees in the meantime, however, to look for additional approaches for making elections fairer and voting more accessible.

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Report | CALPIRG | Budget

Picking Up the Tab 2013

Academic studies conclude tax haven abuse costs the United States approximately $150 billion in tax revenues every year. Multinational corporations account for $90 billion and individuals the rest.  Even when tax haven abusers act perfectly legally, they force other Americans to shoulder their tax burden. Every dollar in taxes they avoid by using tax havens must be balanced by other Americans paying higher taxes, coping with cuts to government programs, or increasing the federal debt. 

 

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Health Care

Hospitals in the Bay Area are Most Expensive in the State for Surgeries

A new report by CALPIRG Education Fund found large discrepancies between what California hospitals charge for common surgeries, which appear unrelated to quality of care.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Financial Reform

Legislature Approves the Homeowners Bill of Rights

Sacramento, CA—Today legislation was approved by both the California State Senate and Assembly aimed at addressing problems contributing to the persistent foreclosure crisis in California. The legislation is modeled after the national mortgage settlement between five of the nation’s largest banks and forty nine state attorneys general.

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News Release | US PIRG | Financial Reform

Responding to Students, Congress Extends Low College Loan Rate

 

Statement of Rich Williams, U.S. PIRG Higher Education Advocate, on the U.S. Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling:

 

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Financial loss from identity theft increasing, report says

Higher dollar loss per victim of identity theft, according to a new report by the California Public Interest Research Group.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/27/4595220/financial-loss-from-identity-th...

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News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

Statement by Pedro Morillas CALPIRG Legislative Director on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Health Reform Law

Today’s decision is good news for consumers in California. Insurance companies can’t go back to the days of dropping your coverage once you become ill, or denying coverage to sick children. And beginning in 2014, the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for “pre-existing conditions” will be history.

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