ConnPIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Along with a number of state PIRGs, we have joined the Consumer Federation of America in a petition to deny the merger of cable/Internet giants Comcast & Time Warner Cable. The petition argues that the FCC must deny the merger, which would perpetuate unrestrained cable price increases, allow terrible service to deteriorate further and stifle innovation.

 | by
Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turned just three years old Monday, July 21st, but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work, you must wonder: Are watchdog years like plain old dog years? Is the CFPB now a full-sized, 21-year-old adult? The answer is no, not yet. The CFPB is still growing and developing and adding programs and projects. The CFPB is, however, at three years old, certainly a child prodigy. Despite overwhelming public support, however, powerful special interests continue to attack it. Yet, the idea of the CFPB needs no defense, only more defenders.

The state Senate passed the Governor's Recycling Bill late Friday night with a unanimous vote.

The Hartford Courant has editorialized twice this week in favor of the Governor's Recycling Bill.

See our positions on measures in the General Assembly from 2014. 

This week the CFPB ordered Bank of America to return $727 million to credit card customers for deceptive marketing and unfair billing practices.

Today, ConnPIRG joined AARP CT and the Connecticut Citizen Action Group to call on lawmakers to pass strong reforms to the broken competitive electric supplier market.

With more than 3,000 petitions, we're reaching out to Stop & Shop in other ways to let them know what their customers want: labeling GMOs in their store-brand products.

The Governor's recycling bill, Senate Bill 27, has been reported favorably out of the Environment Committee. 

The Connecticut Legislature is considering a bill to promote student financial literacy. We support the bill and are running our own financial education program on campuses across Connecticut.