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News Release | WISPIRG | Consumer Protection

President Signs Historic Food Safety Bill

Statement of U.S. PIRG Public Health Advocate Liz Hitchcock on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that President Obama signed today, strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety authority for the first time in seventy years.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

President’s Recess Appointment Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs To Protect Consumers From Wall Street or Payday Lender Financial ShenanigansBruce SpeightEd Mierzwinski

Kudos to President Obama for standing up for consumers this week by making a recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The President’s action means that the CFPB now has all its powers to protect the public from unfair financial practices, whether by banks or other financial firms, such as payday lenders and credit bureaus.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Budget

Maximum Transparency Needed in Proposed Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Statement by WISPIRG Program Associate, Shannon Nelson, on Gov-elect Walker’s Tuesday announcement to replace the Commerce department with a quasi-public Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a public-private entity governed by an executive director and a 12-member board of directors. Yesterday, the Governor-elect gave important details about the new agency’s initial goals for transparency and accountability to the public.

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Keeping Kids’ School Lunches Safe

For years, Wisconsin’s schoolchildren ate substandard chicken and beef—of such poor quality that fast-food chains wouldn’t even serve it. WISPIRG stood up for kids, and the USDA set stronger standards for school lunches.

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Media Hit | Budget

Capital Times: Start where we can agree on the deficit

Americans heard quite a bit about profligate federal spending in this election. Many candidates made taming the spending culture in Washington their lead campaign theme. These lawmakers will soon have a chance to match their rhetoric with actions that begin the process of responsible fiscal management.

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