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Consumers Lose Up to $5 Billion on Unused Gift Cards

It’s tough to beat the convenience of a gift-card, but consumers should be aware that about 2-5% of gift-cards end up going unused

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Facing mounting opposition, AT&T drops bid to take over T-Mobile

“We’re not surprised to see this flawed deal fail. As proposed, AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile would have done little to protect American consumers or ensure that they enjoy competitive and dynamic wireless services,” said Jon Fox. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Tax

Report Shows Corporations Paying Few State Taxes

A comprehensive new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy profiles the 265 consistently profitable Fortune 500 corporations and finds that 68 companies paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the last three years and 20 of these corporations averaged a tax rate of zero or less during the 2008-2010 period.

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Media Hit | Transportation

New York Times: California Bullet Train Project Advances Amid Cries of Boondoggle

With a brashness and ambition that evoke a California of a generation ago, state leaders — starting with Gov. Jerry Brown — have rallied around a plan to build a 520-mile high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, cutting the trip from a six-hour drive to a train ride of two hours and 38 minutes. And they are doing it in the face of what might seem like insurmountable political and fiscal obstacles.

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to the California Public Interest Research Group’s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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News Release | US PIRG

During this time of year, families are thinking about the children going back to school, and for parents who are sending their kids to college, it can be a bit overwhelming. A key to addressing those concerns is making sure their teens are prepared for “adulting” -- in other words, taking care of their own lives.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund

Sharply reducing net metering payments and imposing high, solar-only fixed charges could slow the growth of rooftop solar installations – and, in the most extreme cases, could cause installations to plummet -- according to a new report released Tuesday by Environment California Research & Policy Center, CALPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund

Rooftop solar power is an essential tool for California to meet its ambitious climate and clean energy goals. California has become the nation’s solar energy leader by adopting policies that have nurtured and grown the state’s market for distributed solar panels on homes and businesses consistently, year after year. 

Today, however, utilities and their allies are pushing for major rollbacks to the state’s key policy for compensating solar panel owners for the surplus energy they share back to the electric grid – called “net metering.” Such a rollback would likely slow down rooftop solar adoption dramatically, threatening California’s continued clean energy progress. 

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund

Vibrant Clean Energy and Local Solar for All released a new report Thursday that found sustained growth of rooftop and community solar, combined with battery storage, could save California $120 billion by 2050.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund

This report recaps the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s results for consumers over the past 10 years, the steps taken to return the CFPB back to its mission after three years of retrograde decisions under the Trump Administration, and our recommendations for CFPB action moving forward.

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