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News Release | CALPIRG | Food

Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment

"CALPIRG is disappointed in the Senate’s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill, which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag. The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the problem of wasteful agricultural subsidies, which have cost taxpayers $260 billion since 1995."  

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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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Report | CALPIRG | Financial Reform

No More Excuses from the Banks:

Too often homeowners—even those who pay their mortgage on time every month —encounter unnecessary obstacles such as paperwork, high fees and restrictive requirements when they try to refinance into today’s lower interest rates. This results in a needless drain on family income and a continuing drag on the housing market.

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Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Health Care

At Stake: What’s on the Line for Health Care Consumers in the Pending Supreme Court Case

The outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have far reaching impacts on consumers. The law is already working to improve the quality of care and reduce costs, with millions of Americans experiencing concrete improvements in their coverage.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

CFPB launches searchable credit card complaint database today | Ed Mierzwinski

Joining agencies including those that regulate cars (NHTSA's safercar.gov), toys and other consumer p roducts (CPSC's saferproducts.gov), medical devices (FDA's Maude) and airline service (DOT's sorta clunky Air Travel Consumer Protection Report), today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rolls out a searchable online complaint database (goes live 8am EST). The CFPB's new tool will be limited to credit cards to start, but other financial products will be added.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection

DoJ Blocks AT&T, Protects Consumers

Today the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. If approved the merger would combine the second and fourth largest wireless carriers, giving AT&T control over nearly 50% of the U.S. wireless market. The CALPIRG applauds the DoJ’s efforts to protect consumers from market consolidation, higher prices, and fewer choices.

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ABC 7: Experts warn of smartphone security

You wouldn't think of leaving your computer open to viruses and hackers, but your smartphone probably doesn't have the same protections, and that could make you vulnerable. One consumer advocate ABC7 spoke with compared leaving your phone unprotected to leaving the front door open to your home.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection

Governor signs legislation improving CA data breach law

Thanks to the passage of SB 24 today, consumers will now get more useful information in the event that a company they do business with either loses their personal information or has it stolen.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Associated Press: Bill to regulate health insurance rates is pulled

The author of a bill that would have given California regulators the power to reject health insurance rate increases said Wednesday he has pulled it from consideration this year.

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Media Hit | Higher Ed

Colorlines.com: As College Students Return to School, They Pay More Than Ever For It

This year, for the first time ever, tuition will overtake the state’s share of funding for students attending the prestigious 10-campus University of California system. It’s not the first state to reach such a milestone, but it is a significant and symbolic one in a state mired in a seemingly interminable budget crisis and where annual funding cuts have been accompanied by yearly tuition increases.

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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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