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Event 5/11 re new book on black box decisionmaking & consumers | Ed Mierzwinski

UPDATED TO CONFIRM CFPB Speaker. We are hosting an event Monday, 5/11, from 9am-noon ET to discuss a new book, The Black Box Society, with author Frank Pasquale. Click Keep Reading to RSVP to attend in person or to watch the livestream. While credit bureaus have long functioned as black box gatekeepers to opportunity, panelists will discuss the growing use of more and more, even less transparent black boxes to categorize consumers in the digital economy.

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

New Report Finds Drivers Pay Less Than Half the Cost of Roads

As Congress struggles to renew the federal transportation law, a new report from CALPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group finds that drivers currently pay less than half the total cost of roads, and argues that while increasing gas taxes could fill the shortfall, it would leave other problems unaddressed.

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Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Who Pays For Roads?

Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all taxpayers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers.

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The Press Enterprise: Consumer rights group wants cheaper textbooks

“One thing is clear: the current textbook market does not deliver the educational opportunity it can and should,” stated Daniel Kelley, a CALPIRG student member at UC Riverside.

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Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Picking Up The Tab 2015: Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Havens

Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their federal and state income tax liabilities by billions of dollars. While tax haven abusers benefit from America’s markets, public infrastructure, educated workforce, security and rule of law – all supported in one way or another by tax dollars – they continue to avoid paying for these benefits.

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The Contra Costa Times: Banking by smartphone can be risky

J.T. Pierce's bank is right next to his Foster City workplace. But he hardly ever visits the branch, since he uses online banking to take care of most of his banking needs.

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Smart-Phones Could Put Consumers at Risk of Identity Theft

CALPIRG Education Fund warned consumers of security vulnerabilities found in many smart-phones posing a risk to identity and financial theft.

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The San Diego Union Tribune: Dirty politics masquerading as consumer protection

“Ugh. I just got back from the supermarket, and those pushy signature gatherers are back!”

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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Food

CALPIRG Calls on USDA to Move More Quickly Recalling Tainted Food

“We trust food like Cargill to make sure our food is safe, and remove it from shelves before an outbreak happens. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” Jon Fox.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Tax

Less Taxes, Little Relief for Travelers

Expired legislation can mean $25 or more in savings for a typical $300 round-trip air ticket. Yet most consumers will never see those savings.

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In light of some of these newer cons, here is actionable information to help you avoid the aggravation, time and financial losses that come with sophisticated scams.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund

Special interest groups across the country are working to stall the growth of rooftop solar, according to a new report released Thursday by CALPIRG Education Fund and Environment California Research & Policy Center. 

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund

CALPIRG Education Fund and Environment California Research & Policy Center joined clean energy advocates, environmentalists, solar consumers and faith leaders in calling on state decision makers to defend rooftop solar.

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I'm excited to be getting started as CALPIRG's new State Director. Here's why I'm motivated more than ever to do this work.

News Release | US PIRG

Beech-Nut will stop selling all single grain rice cereal after Alaska state officials discovered high arsenic levels during routing sampling, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement released Tuesday.

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