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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Supporters Cheer Passage of Budget Transparency Bills

Proponents of government transparency had reason to celebrate Governor Jan Brewer’s signature on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the budget transparency of local governments. House Bills 2421 and 2422 will make improvements in how well school districts and local governments provide budget information online.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Tax Shell Game 2011

Tax havens are countries with minimal or no taxes, to which U.S.-based multinational firms or individuals transfer their earnings to avoid paying taxes in the United States. Users of tax havens benefit from access to America’s markets, workforce, infrastructure and security, but pay little or nothing for it—violating the basic fairness of the tax system. Abuse of tax havens inflicts a price on other American taxpayers, who must pay higher taxes—now or in the future—to cover the government’s revenue shortfall, or must deal with cuts in government services.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Off-Shore Tax Havens Cost Average Arizona Taxpayer $290 a Year

Major corporations and some individuals avoid a total of as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the profits they make here in the U.S. or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. As a result, taxpayers in Arizona and across the nation are left footing the bill.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

Arizona’s Bridges Among Best Maintained in the Nation

Arizona drivers cross fewer troubled bridges than residents in most states, thanks to a “fix it-first” commitment to ensuring that existing roads and bridges are maintained before new ones are built, a new analysis of federal data shows.  In a ranking of bridges from worst to best, Arizona ranks 48th, meaning it has the best-maintained bridges of all but three other states.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Unacceptable Risk

As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters, mechanical failures, human errors, and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

New Report Documents Dangerous Chemicals in Baby Products

Toxic chemicals can be found in common baby products, according to a new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. “The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products” documents toxic chemicals, including phthalates and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), in teethers, bath books, and sleep accessories.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

U.S. Senate Hearing on Gasoline Prices Unlikely to Result in Real Relief for Consumers

The Bush Administration and Congress have failed to do their part to protect American consumers from skyrocketing gasoline prices. As a nation, we are facing enormous energy problems that require real leadership and common sense solutions. Today’s hearing is unlikely to result in real relief for consumers since it is dominated by Big Oil and its Administration allies with no representation by public interest consumer organizations.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

Despite Flawed Federal Policies, States Show Willingness to Move Energy Policy in the Right Direction

In contrast to the misguided federal energy bill signed last week, over 20 states are leading the way toward true energy independence, having passed -- or actively considering -- important clean energy policies. To demonstrate the trend, the State PIRGs released two new reports documenting the progress at the state level on energy policy.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

National Energy Bill Keeps America Speeding Down Wrong Road

The day after ExxonMobil posted record-breaking profits, the U.S. Congress has passed an energy bill that rewards Exxon and other big oil companies with $4 billion in new subsidies.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

U.S. Senate Energy Bill Falls Short of Moving America Forward

"The renewable electricity standard and energy efficiency tax provisions stand out as the bright lights of the U.S. Senate bill," said Diane E. Brown, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG). "Unfortunately, the bill still falls short of delivering the energy policy America deserves, by doing nothing to protect consumers from high prices at the gas pump or to reduce America's dependence on oil."

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