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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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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Health Care

California's Health Exchange on Track to Lower Costs for Consumers

California’s health insurance exchange has the potential to be a national leader in delivering better value for consumers, according to Making the Grade, a new report by CALPIRG Education Fund. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Budget, Food

Agriculture Committees Should Cut Subsidies for Junk Food

Cuts to agricultural subsidies should target the most egregious giveaways to agribusiness giants. The Super Committee should first eliminate the Direct Payments program, which wastes taxpayer money in a budget crunch and subsidizes junk food additives in the face of an obesity epidemic. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

Blue Shield Refund Shows Need for Stronger Rate Review

Blue Shield of California followed through on its promise to cap profits at 2% of revenue resulting in a refund of $295 million to policyholders.  This action comes in the midst of increased public scrutiny about major premium increases from several of California’s major health insurers and a push for legislation that would give regulators the authority to reject or reduce unjustified rate hikes. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Health Care

Governor Signs Health Care Bill to Limit Insurers' Overhead

Governor Brown signed a new health care bill into law that will require insurers to use a higher percentage of consumers’ premiums for actual health care costs.   If insurers fail to meet this target consumers will be eligible for an annual rebate. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Californians Will Soon Be Able to Register to Vote Online

Thanks to SB 397, signed into law today by Gov. Brown, California’s Secretary of State is officially allowed to pursue online voter registration, and has a goal of getting a system up a running in time for the 2012 elections.

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