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Major Setback for Taxpayer Handouts to Big Ag | David Rosenfeld

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Farm Bill this morning, and I'm darn glad they did. 

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Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group’s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland

The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) survey of toy safety. In this report, OSPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

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New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

A survey of hundreds of banks and credit unions in 24 states and the District of Columbia found that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers on the first request, while 12% provided no fee information at all. The surveys conducted in Oregon show that just over half of branches complied, while 15% did not provide any fee information at all.

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Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Big Banks, Bigger Fees 2012

Over the last six months, state PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 250 bank and 116 credit union branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia and reviewed bank fees online in these and 7 other states. This report also includes consumer tips and a comparison shopping guide for Oregon consumers.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Food

What do Obama and Glenn Beck agree on?

A consumer protection group released a new video today juxtaposing President Obama and conservative TV show host Glenn Beck on agricultural subsidies.

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Consumer Bureau on Track for Launch

Six months after Wall Street reform legislation creating the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was signed, a leading coalition released Halfway to the CFPB: An AFR Progress Report on “Standing Up” the New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Oregon Regulators Data Breach

The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) has opened a file on the Health Net data breach impacting 120,000 Oregonians, and is gathering information from the insurer on the matter.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Banks Failing at Disclosing Account Fees

 A survey of more than 350 bank branches released today by the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group revealed that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers, while one in four provided no fee information at all. The report, Big Banks, Bigger Fees: A National Survey of Bank Fees (http://www.ospirgstudents.org/report/big-banks-bigger-fees), includes consumer tips and a local comparison shopping guide.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for avoiding toxic or hazardous toys

Remember Dan Aykroyd and the Bag O' Glass toy on "Saturday Night Live"? Playing a spokesman defending a product, Aykroyd said, "Look, we put a label on every bag that says, 'Kid! Be careful -- broken glass!' " 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Black Friday Tips and Warnings | Brian Rae

OSPIRG’s Consumer Watch Trouble in Toyland- OSPIRG has release its 26th annual Toy Safety Report and mobile website, www.toysafety.mobi to keep toy safety at parents fingertips. DOJ Warns of Black Friday Scams– Planning on shopping this Friday in stores or online? The Oregon Attorney General has issued tips and warnings on how to avoid holiday shopping scams.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Towards Common Ground | Brian Rae

The super committee tasked with cutting 1.2-1.5 trillion dollars from the federal budget has been a hot topic in many political circles nationally and in Oregon. That is not surprising, as the national tax discussions impact Oregon taxpayers greatly. What is disappointing, however, is that much of the debate has focused in on the disagreements that Republicans and Democrats have on issues such as revenue and entitlements. Would it not make more sense to begin with our similarities, and then move on to the differences?

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Keeping safe online and in the Kitchen | Brian Rae

FTC announces new internet privacy rules for children –The Federal Trade Commission is looking at new privacy rules for children, whom they state as “very tech savvy but judgment poor”.

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Recalls and Rising Textbook Prices | Brian Rae

Rising Textbook Prices - With Oregon Universities back in class this month, it’s a great time to remind students about ways to avoid rising textbook prices.

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Regence Rate Hike Cut Down to 12.8% | Matt Orchant

Some decent news for health insurance consumers today. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) issued their much-awaited decision on Regence BlueCross BlueShield's proposal to raise rates over 22% on nearly 60,000 Oregonians.

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TOY SAFETY TIPS ON-THE-GO

From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets, see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop.

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