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Apples to Twinkies 2013

At a time when America faces high obesity rates and tough federal budget choices, taxpayer dollars are funding the production of junk food ingredients. Since 1995, the government has spent $292.5 billion on agricultural subsidies, $19.2 billion of which have subsidized corn- and soy-derived junk food ingredients.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

Congress Wasted $19.2 Billion Subsidizing Junk Food Ingredients Since 1995

Federal agricultural policy has wasted $19.2 billion subsidizing junk food ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup according to a new report, Apples to Twinkies 2013, released today by the consumer advocacy group CoPIRG.  Unveiling the report at Clear Creek Organics Farm in Wheat Ridge, CoPIRG highlighted that most of these subsidies go to the largest, most profitable agribusinesses and support mainly the growing of commodity crops like corn and soy which does not reflect the priorities of average Coloradans.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Research group: Big pharmaceutical companies ‘pay to delay’ generic drugs

A Colorado group says some big pharmaceutical corporations are responsible for keeping cheaper forms of medicine off the market because of deals they make with their generic drug competitors.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Health Care

Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs

Coloradans with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs, according to a report released today by Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) and Community Catalyst.

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Report | CoPIRG | Health Care

Top 20 Pay-for-Delay Drugs

Too often, consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden, or even go without needed medicine, due to the high cost of brand-name drugs. Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called “pay for delay,” which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Higher Ed

CoPIRG Calls for Congress to Stop Student Loan Rate Hike

Today a Colorado consumer advocacy group, CoPIRG, called on Colorado’s Congressional delegation to put aside politics and prevent interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling on July 1 for nearly 7.5 million students. Without Congressional action, interest rates will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Youth Drive Trend Away From Cars

A new report released today by the CoPIRG Foundation demonstrates that Coloradans and Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade. The report, Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy, shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Americans driving less, using public transit more, says report

Ean Tafoya is a lot like other members of Generation Y who regard owning a car as nothing more than a big pain.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

Colorado Receives a “C-” in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Colorado received a “C-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2012: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the third annual report of its kind by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG). 

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