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Details Emerging on US36 Public-Private Partnership Proposal | Danny Katz

Update from Director Danny Katz on the details emerging around the US 36 Public-Private Partnership Proposal

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News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

CoPIRG Releases Principles for Privatized Transportation Projects

As Colorado’s transportation officials pursue more and more “public-private partnerships” (PPPs) to help build and maintain roads and transit projects, CoPIRG released a set of principles that the public can use to determine if projects adequately protect the public interest. CoPIRG released the principles the week the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is holding public information sessions on a proposed PPP to build and maintain highway US 36.

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Report | CoPIRG | Transportation

Privatization and the Public Interest

Transportation funding is a growing issue in Colorado as politicians and transportation officials grapple with funding challenges resulting from a decline in the value of the state’s gas tax, uncertainty around federal transportation funds, shifting travel trends, and pressures from the state’s growing population. Increasingly, state and local officials are looking at new kinds of arrangements between the public and profit-seeking corporations to provide upfront financing for transportation projects, including toll roads and transit lines.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

CoPIRG Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

CoPIRG applauded Rep. Polis and Perlmutter today for co-sponsoring new legislation aimed at raising the voices of everyday people in the political process. Rep. Polis and Perlmutter are co-sponsors of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), legislation that would allow candidates to run competitive campaigns for office by relying on small dollar donors.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

New Farm Bill Contains Massive Taxpayer Handouts To Big Ag

CoPIRG urges Congress to vote NO on the Farm Bill. At a time of supposed fiscal caution, this bill would put taxpayers on the hook for another five years of billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Budget, Tax

Colorado’s Stimulus Spending Website Ranked 4th Best

A report released today shows that Colorado’s websites designed to disseminate information about its share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), are dramatically better than most other state’s websites. 

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Rein in Wall Street

Lawmakers joined community and labor leaders yesterday to demand consumer protections against financial abuses on Wall Street.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Citizens United Opinion Widens Corporate “Personhood” Rights

Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission will significantly expand the role that the most powerful corporations play in election financing.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

New Study: Modernizing Our Voter Registration System Could Eliminate Millions in Wasteful Spending

A new CoPIRG Foundation study estimated that over $33,467,910.00 of public money from 100 sample counties around the country was spent on simple registration implementation and error-correction issues in 2008.  Colorado counties surveyed included Denver, Mesa and Park.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Youth vote real force in 2008

Although official youth voting numbers have not been released for Tuesday's caucus, young voters compose a sizable portion of Colorado's electorate. According to 2006 statistics from Colorado's Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), there are 303,000 college students and 637,000 eligible voters under 30 in Colorado, forming a youth voting bloc that undoubtedly helped propel Obama to a convincing win over Hillary in Colorado's Super Tuesday caucus.

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