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Farm Bill Needs to Cut Dangerous Pork

With Congress back in session, the biggest remaining item on its to-do list is how to deal with the farm bill before it expires at the end of September. The farm bill sets our nation’s agricultural and food policy, including a raft of food-related programs such as food assistance and rural development programs. But it also authorizes a set of misguided agricultural subsidy programs that lavish billions of taxpayer dollars on large, profitable agribusinesses.

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News Release | CALPIRG

100 California Small Farmers and over 59,000 California Citizens Speak Out Against Agricultural Subsidies in Farm Bill

Small farmers and ordinary citizens across the country are taking a stand against wasteful agricultural subsidies in the federal Farm Bill. With only a few weeks left before they adjourn for the election, reauthorizing or extending the Farm Bill is one of Congress’s top priorities.

 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Budget

100 Small Farms in California Call for an End to Wasteful Subsidies in Farm Bill

Over the past 15 years, America has spent more than $260 billion on agricultural subsidies. A number of these subsidies were created during the Great Depression to provide emergency aid to small family farmers. Unfortunately, in the decades that followed, many of these programs have lost their way.  Today 74 percent of agricultural subsidies go to just 4 percent of all farmers – including some of the largest operations in the country.  This is a list of the 100 family farms in California that have endoresed CALPIRGs campaign to end wasteful agricultural subsidies.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Parties Take a Stand for an Open Internet In 2012 | Jon Fox

There is at least one issue that both parties seem to agree on during this election cycle – that the Internet should remain free and open.

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Media Hit | Transportation

The New York Times: Dollars for Roads or Dollars for Rail

Although the price tag for high-speed rail is daunting, it is important to consider the budgetary and societal costs of highway and airport expansions that California would need without it. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Legislation to Require Disclosure of Corporate Political Donations Introduced

Sacramento, CA—Legislation introduced today will require corporations with shareholders in California, that spend money on political issues, to disclose that spending to those shareholders. SB 982, is authored by Senator Noreen Evans (Santa Rosa) and sponsored by the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).

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News Release | Safe Energy

Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for 2.3 Million Californians

The drinking water for 2.3 million people in California could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Environment California Research and Policy Center. 

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Tax

Thirty Companies Spent More on Lobbying Than on Federal Income Taxes

With the second anniversary approaching of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case – which opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections – CALPIRG Education Fund and Citizens for Tax Justice reveal 30 corporations that spent more to lobby Congress than they did in taxes.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

President Appoints Richard Cordray To Head Consumer Agency

“For months Wall St. has been using every trick in the book to try and derail this nomination and ultimately undermine the entire consumer bureau,” said Pedro Morillas, CALPIRG Legislative Director. “Today’s appointment is a bold and important step by the President that will allow the CFPB to get to the important work of protecting consumers.”

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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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