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News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Highway Expansion Projects Stall Under Growing Scrutiny

As part of a pattern of costly highway expansion proposals stalling under increased scrutiny, a federal court in Wisconsin made history last week by forbidding the use of federal dollars to build a highway because no need had been demonstrated. The court put an abrupt halt to Governor Scott Walker’s plans to spend $146 million widening state Highway 23, holding the project ineligible for federal funding. The court cited inadequate evidence in state travel forecasts or recent traffic counts, adding doubt whether other highway expansion proposals around the country are really needed.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

CoPIRG Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Protecting Colorado Borrowers

Statement from CoPIRG Director Danny Katz

“Today Governor Hickenlooper stood up for Coloradans and vetoed HB15-1390, a last minute, special interest bill that would have increased borrowing costs on hard-working families across Colorado. This was rushed through with little debate, the proponent’s arguments were not supported by facts and the clear losers would have been the thousands of Coloradan’s whose interest rates would have jumped arbitrarily. We applaud the Governor for stopping this special interest giveaway. That's not how we do business in Colorado.”

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Weakened Consumer Advocate Approved By Legislature

Late Wednesday night the Legislature reauthorized a weakened version of Colorado’s Consumer Advocate, allowing the consumer watchdog to continue to advocate for Coloradans but only on gas and electric issues moving forward. Despite its track record of success and clear role in future telecommunication cases coming before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from 9-1-1 surcharge increases to the state’s high cost fund, Republicans in the Senate locked down with a party line vote that stopped the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) from representing consumers on telecommunication issues.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Watchdog Will Get Disconnected Without Action

Colorado’s consumer watchdog is poised to get disconnected from telephone issues by the Colorado State Senate Friday. Unless an amendment is approved to allow Colorado’s consumer advocate, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), to continue to do its job on telecom issues, Coloradans will be in danger of losing the representative that for 30 years has fought against unjustified prices and anti-consumer practices and won.

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Media Hit | Tax

Some Local Farmers Up in Arms About New Bill

After congress passed a controversial farm bill, some local farmers and colorado activist groups are sounding off.

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Media Hit | Tax

Farm Bill Dysfunction

Last week U.S. Republican representatives voted to exclude the nation’s revamped food stamps program from the House version of the 2013 farm bill. This week, the Colorado Public Interest Research Group released a report on what it calls the farm bill’s wasteful agricultural-subsidy spending, joining with farmers to ask Congress to make real reforms before passing the vital five-year legislation.

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Media Hit | Tax

Farm Bill Should End Subsidies for Agribusiness Giants

How serious are Colorado's congressmen about cutting wasteful spending? The farm bill vote in the U.S. House on July 11 provided some answers.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Budget

CoPIRG Applauds City of Denver’s Transparency Efforts

CoPIRG applauds the City of Denver for continuing to enhance and improve the transparency of government spending and services.

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Media Hit | Tax

Grower: Subsidies Help Big Ag, Not Small Farmers

Striking a proper balance is key to the good life organic food grower Scott Washkowiak of Palisade strives to provide for his wife, Jessica, and 18-month-old son, Clive. His sense of balance…

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