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Are Campaign Contributions Greasing the Wheels for New Highway Construction?

The nation has 73,000 crumbling bridges, but year after year startlingly few federal transportation dollars go to fixing them.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Budget, Financial Reform, Transportation

Greasing the Wheels

In the wake of the Minnesota I-35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure. Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73,000 structurally deficient bridges in this country. The findings in this report suggest that did not happen.

Federal consumer protection bill draws praise, wariness

Federal legislation intended to add new protections for financial products is drawing some opposition from banks and financial planners, but support from consumer advocates who say the safeguards are needed.

U.S. PIRG Applauds House Committee Vote to Advance Landmark Consumer Agency to Replace System that Failed

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved landmark reform legislation Thursday, establishing a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, despite “often blatantly false attacks from industry opponents.”

Media Hit | Higher Ed

College Students Cope With Rising Textbook Costs

Maryland college students heading back to school are getting a tough lesson in economics, with the rising cost of college textbooks adding a burden after room and board are paid for.

It's leading to a war of words between publishers and consumer groups, the I-Team's Deborah Weiner reported.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Statement of Johanna Neumann on U.S. Senate Passage of the Credit CARD Act

For too long, owning a credit card company has been a license to steal. Over the last few years, the banks increased their use of abusive tactics, such as changing due dates so they could trick consumers into paying late. The Credit Card Act bans nearly all retroactive rate increases on current balances, it prohibits universal default in the first year and it protects college students from unfair marketing of credit cards.

News Release | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building Nuclear Plants Is a Bad Investment

Maryland PIRG report shows that dollar for dollar, a clean energy portfolio produces more energy than nuclear.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Toxic Chemical in Household Products Endangers Children’s Health

An unlikely coalition of nurses, firefighters, consumer advocates and concerned parents have joined forces to call on the Maryland General Assembly to ban a toxic chemical and switch to safer alternatives.

News Release | Transportation

Public Transit Crucial for Maryland's Future

In the wake of Governor O’Malley’s announcement to spend nearly 40 percent of the first wave of infrastructure funds from the economic recovery package on transit projects, Maryland PIRG released today a report at Baltimore’s historic Penn Station to lay out the next steps in moving forward transportation projects that will help Marylanders spend less on gas, reduce traffic congestion, and curb our addiction to oil.

Making Tracks

Transportation is an urgent problem for Maryland. Heavy automobile traffic is stealing time from Maryland families and businesses, and forcing consumers to burn more money at the gas pump. Traffic is also making our air less healthy, deepening our oil dependency, and creating more global warming pollution.

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