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Report | PennPIRG Education Fund

Facts About Toll Road Privatization

Across Pennsylvania, cash-strapped governments are struggling to plug gaping holes in their budgets, scarred by the impacts of the economic crisis.  At the same time, Pennsylvania's roads and bridges remain congested and in desperate need of repair.  This is PennPIRG's fact sheet about the effects of Toll Road Privatization.

Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland

In 2008, Congress responded to an unprecedented wave of recalls of toys and other children’s products by passing the first major overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission since it was established during the Nixon Administration.

By passing the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August 2008, Congress not only expanded the agency’s budget, it also gave the CPSC more tools to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable and speed recalls, moved toward banning toxic lead and phthalates except in trace amounts, and greatly improved import surveillance.

Report | PennPIRG

Pennsylvania Small Businesses at Risk

America’s small businesses stand at the forefront of innovation. Our entrepreneurs are the first to adopt new technologies and take new approaches in old industries. As engines of job creation, small businesses are the leading edge that pushes our economy forward. They are also, unfortunately, on the front lines of the health care crisis. Many of the problems faced by small businesses are the same ones that plague our families: premiums that rise far faster than wages, endless red tape, and a bewildering insurance marketplace where consumers have few choices and even less bargaining power. And where they face problems that differ – a whole business’ premiums going up when one employee gets sick, the difficulty of recruiting and retaining good employees when health care is so expensive – these failures of our health care system can lead to small businesses shutting their doors, killing jobs and harming our economy.

Report | PennPIRG Education Fund and Media and Democracy Coalition | Consumer Protection

A Public Interest Internet Agenda

Connecting our entire nation via high-speed broadband will bring remarkable economic, social, cultural, personal, and other benefits. Robust economic development, job creation, improved health care at lower costs, enhanced educational opportunities, increased homeland security and public safety, reduced energy consumption and pollution, a reinvigorated democracy and more open government – these are just a few of the benefits that will flow from our nation linking its entire population to the Internet at broadband speed. Recognizing these benefits, many of America’s global competitors have already embarked on aggressive national broadband strategies to deploy fast, high-quality broadband. But the quality of U.S. broadband access is lagging.  According to the most recent statistics (December 2008) available from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States ranks just 15th among developed nations in broadband penetration.

Report | U.S. PIRG | Health Care

The 3 Trillion Dollar Question

Without health care reform, the United States is projected to spend over $40 trillion on health care in the next decade. Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending – up to $12 trillion dollars – will be wasted on ineffective care, pointless red tape, and counterproductive treatments that can actually harm patients.

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