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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

WISDOT Budget Request: Higher Taxes, More Wasteful Spending and Misplaced Priorities

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WISDOT) biennial budget request, released on Friday, proposes to slam Wisconsin taxpayers with a $751 million increase in taxes and fees.  At the same time, the budget request does nothing to address the irresponsible and misplaced spending of a Department that prioritizes squandering public money on unneeded highway expansion projects over urgent repair of local roads, transit systems, and bridges all over Wisconsin. 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

I-94 Corridor Draft EIS Options Disregard Data, Community and Taxpayer Concerns

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes two costly options for expanding I-94 in Milwaukee. The study ignores community opposition to the expansion and concerns over detrimental local impacts of the expansion.  The EIS also disregards data showing that traffic volumes in the corridor are declining and which call into question the need for expanding the interstate.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

On Veterans Day, How The CFPB Helps Veterans, and All of Us | Ed Mierzwinski

Columnist George Will recently (and not for the first time) urged Congress to “abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” His reasons may seem to come from his conservative philosophy, but merely pander to the powerful Wall Street interests that left our economy in ruins just a few years ago. As a counterbalance, let’s discuss some recent speeches and statements by CFPB Director Richard Cordray on his vision for the bureau and some of its current work, including – on this Veteran’s Day – its efforts to protect military families from financial predators.

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Report | WISPIRG and Consumers Union | Public Health

Prescription For Change

Our September 2014 survey of physicians paints a grim picture of the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections. The overwhelming majority of surveyed doctors reported that one or more of their patients had been diagnosed with a presumed or confirmed case of a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection in the past twelve months. They also expressed concern about the use of antibiotics in livestock production facilities on healthy animals in order to promote growth and prevent disease.

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Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Democracy

Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries

Our analysis of fund-raising data from 2014’s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country. While some states show markedly more inequity than others, the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans. Nationwide, just under two-thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors (those giving over $1,000). And fewer than 5,500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440,000 donors nationwide.

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Media Hit | Tax

Biz Beat: State firms named in tax avoidance report

A new report is out showing — once again — that the largest and most profitable U.S. corporations manage to skirt paying state and local income taxes.

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Capital Times: U.S. House attacks public health safeguards

The day after Consumer Reports released findings showing alarming levels of arsenic in children’s juice brands, the U.S. House took up two bills last week and another scheduled for this week that would make it harder to test, regulate and recall dangerous products from store shelves.

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News Release | Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy | Tax

New Report Finds Profitable Wisconsin-Based Company Avoids State Taxes, Reports Rebates

A comprehensive new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy which profiles the 265 consistently profitable Fortune 500 corporations finds that 68 companies, including one company also headquartered in Wisconsin, paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the last three years and 20 of these corporations averaged a tax rate of zero or less during the 2008-2010 period.

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Media Hit | Food

WI State Journal: Junk Food Subsidies are especially Galling

In addition to subsidizing urban landowners, wasteful farm programs also subsidized the equivalent of 19 Twinkies per taxpayer per year from 1995 to 2010.

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Media Hit | Food

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Additives: You are what you eat

Additives in junk food are contributing to the growing obesity and diabetes crisis, but each year, our tax dollars pay for enough corn syrup and other junk food additives to buy each taxpayer 19 Twinkies, but only a quarter of one Red Delicious apple. "If you want to know why junk food is so cheap, now you know," said Bruce Speight, director of Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group.

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