Statement by Phineas Baxandall, ConnPIRG’s Senior Transportation Analyst, regarding the final Federal Transportation Bill as released today. The nation has been without a new transportation bill since the 2005 law expired in September 2009 and has been subject to nine temporary extensions.
Washington, D.C. – Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt, due to bank-affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees, insufficient consumer protections, and few options. Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide, grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students.
Washington, D.C. – With the student loan interest rate about to double this July for almost 8 million loan borrowers, ConnPIRG Students and coalition partners deliver over 130,000 letters to Congress urging a different plan.
West Hartford, CT – The drinking water for 1.5 million people in Connecticut could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by Environment Connecticut Research and Policy Center and the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.