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CONSUMER ALERT

Several fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC-accredited laboratory. The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested a second time to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in this report.

Student Aid 101

Getting the most from your financial aid and student loan options can make a big impact on how you pay for your education. Our guide can help you navigate your options in paying for college.

Letter Opposing S2155 In Senate Banking Committee

Tomorrow the Senate Banking Committee will begin and likely complete a markup vote of S2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Our opposition letter is attached and available for download. While the bill does not take a bludgeon to consumer protection, as the Financial Choice Act passed by the full House does, it does dramatically reduce protections for consumers in the mortgage marketplace while eliminating prudential safeguards applicable to many super-regional banks. Banks of that size were prominent in the financial crisis of 2008.

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Picking up the tab 2015

With Tax Day here, it’s important to remember that small businesses end up picking up the tab for offshore tax loopholes used by many large multinational corporations. Conn PIRG released a new study today revealing that the average Connecticut small business owner would have to pay an extra $6,933 in taxes to make up for the money lost in 2014 due to offshore tax haven abuse by large multinational corporations.  

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