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U.S. House Considers Delay To Financial Protections for Servicemembers, Veterans | Ed Mierzwinski

(UPDATED 30 April): Last year the Department of Defense proposed needed improvements to the 2007 Military Lending Act, since high-cost lenders were exploiting loopholes to evade the law's 36% APR cap on loans to servicemembers to make loans at 400% APR or more, harming military families and threatening unit preparedness to defend the nation. Now, days before a committee vote, predatory lenders have succeeded in convincing House Armed Services Committee leaders to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would delay the DoD regulations up to a year while needless, redundant studies are prepared. Only in Washington.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept.'s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice

PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice. Wall Street will fight the rule hard, because it requires them to put consumers first.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

CFPB Begins Payday Regulation Push In Richmond | Ed Mierzwinski

We joined the CFPB in Richmond Thursday for a field hearing on a proposed rule to regulate payday lending and similar high-cost short-term loans. The CFPB's draft rule is comprehensive, covering a variety of loans, but it contains potential loopholes that we and other advocates will urge the bureau to close before it finalizes this important effort. Here's a short blog with some photos from Richmond.

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Blog Post | Public Health

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics | Sujatha Jahagirdar

Today, the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.  While the plan will take several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it will miss the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health.

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News Release | Ohio PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

New Survey Shows Ohio Millennials Want to Locate in Cities Where Driving is Optional with Multiple Transportation Options

A new study presenting a survey of 500 students at 10 of the state’s public and private universities sheds lights on an overlooked issue in debates over Ohio’s “brain drain.”  The report “Searching for a Better Ride: Ohio Students Want to Live in Communities with Transportation Options,” from the Ohio PIRG Education Fund shows that the majority of students surveyed value the importance to live in a place where they could get around without driving after graduation.

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News Release | Ohio PIRG | Health Care

Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for Ohio Consumers and Small Businesses

Consumers and small businesses in Ohio will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts, according to The Cost of Repeal: Examining the Impact on Ohio of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law, a new report released today by Ohio PIRG.  

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News Release | Ohio PIRG | Transportation

Myth Busted: Road Costs Not Covered by Gas Taxes

A new report, Do Roads Pay for Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding, released today by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) disproves the common misperception that road-building is paid for by user fees in the form of gas taxes. Instead, the report shows that gas taxes cover barely half the costs of building and maintaining roads, a fraction which is likely to fall steadily.  

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Media Hit | Food

USA Today: 'Growing concern' over marketing tainted beef

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

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News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Report: Ohio a Flashpoint of Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis

Ohio will face continuing foreclosures totaling 282,190 from 2009 through 2012, but the key solution before Congress to prevent future financial crises faces an uncertain future due to lobbying by powerful special interests, according to a report released today by Ohio PIRG.

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News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Parents Beware - Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Ohio Public Interest Research Group announced on Tuesday in its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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