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News Release | CALPIRG | Safe Energy

High Costs for Faulty Nuclear Plant Finally Spur Closure

Statement by CALPIRG State Director Emily Rusch on today’s announcement that San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant will shut down for good.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Higher Ed

Student Loan Interest Rates to Double for 550,928 Californians

Unless Congress acts, on July 1, the interest rate for 550,928 student loan borrowers in CALIFORNIA will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. According to an issue brief released today by CALPIRG, the rate increase would hike the cost of California students’ loans by $543,765,936 million. That translates into a $987 increase in debt per student, per loan.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Google’s Lack of Political Spending Transparency Threatens Brand, Hurts Democracy

Google Inc.’s lack of transparency in its political spending and its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pose a threat both to Google’s brand as well as to our democracy, according to letters sent this week by shareholders and citizen groups to Google’s board of directors.

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Report | CALPIRG | Higher Ed

Issue Brief: Student Loan Debt in California

Without a new plan from Congress, on July 1 the interest rate on subsidiezed Stafford student loans will double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. This brief highlights the impact on California borrowers and the California economy.

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Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Comments on the Blue Shield of California Proposal to Increase Small Employer Health Insurance Rates, Effective July 1, 2013.

After analysis of the complete filing – inclusive of the three subsequent submissions – it appears that for the most part, Blue Shield provided sufficient background data for the requested rate increase. However, we note that it took repeated requests for Blue Shield to provide the information necessary to justify the rate increase.

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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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Media Hit | Higher Ed

The Daily Californian: ASUC to launch rating website for student housing

UC Berkeley senior Dana Rebitz would have benefited from knowing the quality of her Benvenue Avenue apartment before she moved in this semester. Her landlord failed to tell her about the apartment’s lack of a screen door, the mold growth in the bathroom and the fake thermostat that had promised indoor heating.

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Media Hit | Budget, Food

Los Angeles Times: Report: U.S. spending billions to subsidize junk food

The report, “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food” by CALPIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, studies the interesting question of whether the nation's problem with obesity is fueled by farm subsidies.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Budget, Food

Taxpayer Subsidies for Junk Food Wasting Billions

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer per year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by CALPIRG.  

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Media Hit | Budget

CBS: California Group Seeks End To Subsidies For Junk Food Ingredients

Consumer advocate group CALPIRG is calling on the federal government to stop subsidizing farm crops used to make junk food ingredients.

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