Statement of US PIRG Policy Analyst Laura Etherton on today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding health reform:
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch is calling for an end to rip-off debit and prepaid card fees being charged by big banks to some college students in order to access their federal student loans.
Today, real estate agents joined the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) to call for an extension of the low rate on federal student loans. Congress has until July 1 to stop the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent. Student loan borrowers carry more than $25,000 in loans on average, which can hurt their creditworthiness and can stop them from qualifying for mortgages.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is doing a live Q&A on Twitter on Wednesday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Secretary Duncan will answer your questions about college affordability and the administration’s education policies and priorities.
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Citing the obesity epidemic among America’s children, a California consumer group says federal subsidies support junk food instead of fresh food. CALPIRG’s report is called “Apples to Twinkies 2012” because it says producers of corn syrup are financially favored over apple growers.
While Congress struggles to push a Farm Bill through before the critical legislation expires, a new report by the California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG) highlights an underdiscussed problem with the way the law has been structured in the past: it’s making us unhealthy. CALPIRG researchers found that the crop subsidies in the Farm Bill overwhelmingly went to ingredients that fuel the junk food industry rather than fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, the subsidies artificially driving down prices for the very foodstuffs fueling the nation’sobesity crisis:
The U.S. government is indirectly contributing to the nation’s obesity problem, according to one consumer advocacy group, by providing billions of dollars in agricultural subsidies that help produce junk food.
More than $18 billion in federal funding that subsidizes corn and soybean crops, which are changed into the main ingredients in junk food, ultimately are contributing to the country’s obesity epidemic, according to a public interest research group.
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