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Lowering your APR might be easier than you think | Kathryn Lee

Many Americans are walking around with a balance on their credit card because of high interest rates, or annual percentage rate (APR) charges for unpaid balances. It's best to pay off your balance in full but if you don't or can't, a higher APR makes your debit grow faster. What most people don’t realize is this APR can be negotiated to a lower rate.

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Blog Post | Transportation

Owning Fewer Cars Isn’t Just For Millennials | Sean Doyle

New transportation options are making it easier for people to use transit more, own fewer cars, and even save money on transportation.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB, other bank regulators | Ed Mierzwinski

Today, the House Financial Services Committee holds its latest cattle-call markup of a package of industry-backed bills designed to weaken consumer, taxpayer, depositor and investor protections. We've signed a letter opposing the so-called TAILOR (Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk) Act, which piles redundant requirements onto the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators to do what they already do by existing law--treat small banks and credit unions differently than mega-banks. Also, the PIRG-backed Americans for Financial Reform sent up a letter opposing the TAILOR Act and 6 more of the 10 bills on the agenda because they are designed to weaken consumer, taxpayer, depositor and investor protections.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation

The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, a coalition of more than 100 groups, including U.S. PIRG, sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

100+ Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections | Mike Litt

The White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal tomorrow. U.S. PIRG and various state PIRGs joined a coalition of more than 100 groups that sent the following letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders. 

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

New Survey: Small Businesses Crushed By Rising Health Costs

A survey hundreds of small business owners and managers across the country, makes clear that small business owners want and need health care reform

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

New Report: Health Care Reform Can Save Georgia $73 BILLION

Press release for a Georgia PIRG report that provides estimates for how much various cost-saving proposals can reduce health spending – all while improving the quality of the care we receive.

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Consumer Group Praises House's Introduction of Strong Health Care Reform Bill

A recent Georgia PIRG report identified increased support for comparative effectiveness research (CER - medical research into which treatments work best for different kinds of patients) as one of the touchstones for increasing quality and lowering costs. The draft legislation provides ongoing funding for this research and ensures that findings will be disseminated to doctors.

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Traffic Congestion Badly Hurts Georgia

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

A new report by the consumer watchdog U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) finds that for the majority of medical conditions, no studies exist that determine the most effective course of treatment among all available options.

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