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03/05/2014
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As college students we are new to managing money, and that makes us vulnerable to the misleading practices of banks. Confusing, deceptive practices from banks and financial institutions can lead to sky-high debt and financial crisis in the short term, and impact our financial health for years to come. Make sure that you have the tools to protect yourself and manage the basics of personal finance by getting our online guide to Avoid the Debt Trap!

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02/25/2014
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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.

Thanks!

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01/29/2014
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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.

 

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01/27/2014
Report

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

thinkprogress.org

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:

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nbcsandiego.com

A new study released Wednesday in San Diego shows that American taxpayers are subsidizing junk food at a level that dwarfs federal support for healthy foods.
 

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abclosangeles.com

A consumer report released Wednesday revealed the majority of taxpayer subsidies are being funneled toward crops used to make junk food and food additives, like high fructose corn syrup.

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abc local

A new report reveals some major discrepancies in the cost of having surgery in California. The price of many common surgical procedures is far higher in the Bay Area than anywhere else in the state.

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