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Highway Expansion Projects Stall Under Growing Scrutiny

As part of a pattern of costly highway expansion proposals stalling under increased scrutiny, a federal court in Wisconsin made history last week by forbidding the use of federal dollars to build a highway because no need had been demonstrated. The court put an abrupt halt to Governor Scott Walker’s plans to spend $146 million widening state Highway 23, holding the project ineligible for federal funding. The court cited inadequate evidence in state travel forecasts or recent traffic counts, adding doubt whether other highway expansion proposals around the country are really needed.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

CoPIRG Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Protecting Colorado Borrowers

Statement from CoPIRG Director Danny Katz

“Today Governor Hickenlooper stood up for Coloradans and vetoed HB15-1390, a last minute, special interest bill that would have increased borrowing costs on hard-working families across Colorado. This was rushed through with little debate, the proponent’s arguments were not supported by facts and the clear losers would have been the thousands of Coloradan’s whose interest rates would have jumped arbitrarily. We applaud the Governor for stopping this special interest giveaway. That's not how we do business in Colorado.”

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Weakened Consumer Advocate Approved By Legislature

Late Wednesday night the Legislature reauthorized a weakened version of Colorado’s Consumer Advocate, allowing the consumer watchdog to continue to advocate for Coloradans but only on gas and electric issues moving forward. Despite its track record of success and clear role in future telecommunication cases coming before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from 9-1-1 surcharge increases to the state’s high cost fund, Republicans in the Senate locked down with a party line vote that stopped the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) from representing consumers on telecommunication issues.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Watchdog Will Get Disconnected Without Action

Colorado’s consumer watchdog is poised to get disconnected from telephone issues by the Colorado State Senate Friday. Unless an amendment is approved to allow Colorado’s consumer advocate, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), to continue to do its job on telecom issues, Coloradans will be in danger of losing the representative that for 30 years has fought against unjustified prices and anti-consumer practices and won.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Raising the Youth Voice in Grand Junction

Twenty-year-old Benjamin Shipman will vote in his first U.S. presidential election Nov. 6, and he's working to ensure other youth also exercise their right to vote.

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Bank fees a mile higher in Denver area

Denver consumers pay the nation's highest ATM surcharges and overdraft fees, according to a report released Monday by Bankrate.com.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Initiative Targeting Big Campaign Spenders Qualifies for November Ballot

Coloradans have responded to the barrage of campaign spending in Colorado by putting an initiative on the ballot to instruct Colorado’s elected officials to pass a federal constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending.

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College Students Getting Refunds On Debit Cards

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group came out with a study in May called “The Campus Debit Card Trap”. U.S. PIRG is a consumer advocacy group.

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