On Monday I went to the Capitol with CALPIRG students from across the state; check out the photos here.
We held 57 meetings, supporting bills to disclose big money in politics, get more emission-free vehicles on the road in California, and stop the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry.
Lobbying at the Capitol has always been my favorite part of my involvement with CALPIRG. When I meet with our elected officials in Sacramento I get to see the impact of all the petition signatures and education events on campus. Senator Wolk's office was impressed to get so many petitions from UC Davis students and hear what we had to say!
Having a campus public interest group means that its not just the big powerful interests who have a voice in Sacramento, but every day people like you and me.
The cost of college textbooks has skyrocketed in recent years. To students and families already struggling to afford high tuition and fees, an additional $1,200 per year on books and supplies can be the breaking point.
As publishers keep costs high by pumping out new editions and selling books bundled with software, students are forced to forgo book purchases or otherwise undermine their academic progress.
This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace, high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high-priced, new editions of college textbooks comes down.
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PIRG In The News
Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.
UCLA’s chapter of the California Public Interest Research Group has been campaigning in favor of the measure. In March, the Undergraduate Students Association Council voted unanimously to support CALPIRG’s campaign to ban plastic bags.
CALPIRG held a press conference Wednesday morning to bring attention to their goal of banning plastic bags in the city of Berkeley, and eventually the whole state.
Berkeley City Council is set to consider an item at its Tuesday meeting that would “initiate a public process to inform residents and businesses” that the council is seriously considering adopting a ban on single-use plastic bags.
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