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Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Financial Reform

Debt Collectors, Debt Complaints

This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state-by-state level. In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection, with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints.

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Financial Reform

Report: Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints

Debt collectors trying to collect debt from the wrong person were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a report released by the WISPIRG Foundation. The report also found that Wisconsin consumers are 40th most likely to file complaints to the CFPB about debt collection, and that debt collection is a top source of complaints.  The report is the final in a series of reports by the WISPIRG Foundation that analyze the complaints in the CFPB’s public Consumer Complaints Database. The CFPB began accepting complaints in July 2011 and now accepts complaints about most financial products and services. Although the CFPB only opened its doors to complaints about debt collection last July, complaints about debt collection have already outpaced those for common products such as credit cards and bank accounts, accounting for the second largest portion of complaints after mortgages between July and January.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

Citizens United Resolution Introduced in State Senate

State leaders in the Senate have introduced Senate Joint Resolution 68 (SJR68) that, if passed, would bring a statewide referendum to voters in November 2014 asking whether Wisconsin elected leaders should support a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

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Report | WISPIRG | Tax

Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole

Every year, corporations use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions of dollars. Tax haven abusers benefit from America’s markets, public infrastructure, educated workforce, security and rule of law – all supported in one way or another by tax dollars. But they use tax havens to escape supporting these public structures and benefits.

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Tax

Wisconsin could save $27.6 million with simple, proven method to curb offshore tax dodging, new study finds

Wisconsin taxpayers could save $27.6 million from a simple reform to crack down on offshore tax dodging, according to “Closing The Billion-Dollar Loophole: How States Are Reclaiming Revenue Lost to Offshore Tax Havens,” a new report released by WISPIRG. The reform, which has already been proven effective in Montana and passed in Oregon, would require companies to treat profits booked to notorious tax havens as domestic taxable income.  The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that this simple reform would increase state corporate income and franchise tax revenues by $28.8 million.

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Media Hit | Tax

CBS Milwaukee: Companies with billions in profits pay no income tax

http://www.cbs58.com/news/youve-got-to-be-kidding/Companies-with-billions-in-profits-pay-no-income-tax-132512163.html

Most people think taxes are as certain as death, but a local consumer group says that’s not the case for the wealthy and the well-connected, including corporations that make billions and pay less than many individual Americans for income tax.

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Media Hit | Food

WI State Journal: End Subsidies for Junk Food Products

Regarding Wednesday's editorial, "Don't swap one subsidy for another," if cutting agricultural subsidy programs because they're wasteful isn't enough, then here's another reason. Many of these same subsidies are also subsidizing childhood obesity.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

NATIONWIDE STUDY OF NEW HEALTH EXCHANGES SHOWS WISCONSIN HOW TO LOWER COSTS FOR CONSUMERS

Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers, and Wisconsin should follow their lead, according to Making the Grade, a new report by WISPIRG.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Food

Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by WISPIRG.   Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer.

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Media Hit | Food

WQOW TV Eau Claire

A watchdog group is pointing at the government as one cause of childhood obesity.  A recent study shows billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on agriculture subsidies, which in some cases, lead to junk food additives.

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