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Following the Money 2015

Every year, state governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are spent as well as possible.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

CFPB Adds Consumer Stories to Public Complaint Database | Ed Mierzwinski

Today, the CFPB took a step to make its excellent public database of consumer complaints even better, by adding complaint narratives (stories), but only with the consumer's consent. It's a step we've long urged. It will enrich our research into the marketplace, help consumers make choices and help good-actor firms avoid bad practices by others.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

As NY Brings Credit Bureaus To Heel, CFPB Arbitration Study Paves Way Toward New Protections | Ed Mierzwinski

Two big consumer stories so far this week offer hope to consumers victimized by credit bureau errors and, more generally, by an inability to take credit bureaus, credit card companies, banks or payday lenders to court when harmed. On Monday, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Big Three credit bureaus, Equifax, Trans Union and Experian. Then today, the CFPB released a report finding that consumer legal rights are infringed by small-print forced arbitration clauses in credit card and other contracts.  The CFPB will hold a webcast public hearing at 11am Eastern time today (Tuesday) to discuss the report's findings and next steps.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Credit Bureaus’ Deal to Improve Accuracy ‘Huge’ for Consumers

(Bloomberg) -- Buying homes, getting jobs and borrowing money will be easier after an agreement by the three biggest U.S. consumer credit reporting services with New York.[...] “It’s a sea change in the way the credit bureaus treat complaints,” said [U.S. PIRG's Ed] Mierzwinski. “The credit bureaus have been run by computers for years now. They’re going to have to hire more people and actually verify that what a creditor said is true.”

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Public Health, Food

McDonald’s announces plan to cut overuse of antibiotics in chicken

McDonald’s announced a new policy today to curb the overuse of antibiotics in raising the chickens that ultimately become McNuggets or other McDonald’s products.

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News Release | Food

Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

HARTFORD - Statement of ConnPIRG's Federal Public Health Advocate, Liz Hitchcock on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate by a 73 to 25 vote earlier this morning.

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New Haven Register: Report: Dangers Lurk on Toy Shelves

Stores still stock toys with hazardous chemicals and potential choking hazards, according to a new report, and consumer advocates and state officials are warning parents to be vigilant while shopping this holiday season.

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News Release | Higher Ed

Pell Grant Funding Gap Threatens Millions of Students, Workforce

New In the Public Interest column today on The Huffington Post by Rich Williams U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Higher Education Advocate

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WTNH News 8: List of Unsafe Toys Released

The annual "Trouble in Toyland" list of unsafe toys was released today. The list includes toys that contain excessive levels of lead, toxic chemicals like phalates or BPA, and those that pose a choking hazard.

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News Release | Consumer Protection

Toy Safety Tips: Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

HARTFORD, Nov. 23 –Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group announced today in its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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