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At the end of every year, the Oregon Transparency Website gets updated, bringing stockings filled with the state’s detailed checkbook, presents of budgets and public meeting notices and, hopefully this year, critical details about corporate economic development tax subsidies.

Lately, it has seemed like everyone I know has a story about an irrational hospital bill. Here’s one from my friend, Dave.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is getting results for consumers. Today, the CFPB announced that it had imposed a $20 million civil penalty on JP Morgan Chase and ordered it to refund $309 million to over 2 million consumers for deceptively marketing junky credit card add-on products, some of which consumers didn't even receive. 

In just a few weeks, Oregon’s new health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon, will be open for business. Any new program can be confusing for people at first, and scam artists and unscrupulous business ventures may try to take advantage of that confusion to rip off consumers. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, be sure to check out these top tips for protecting yourself from fraud.

In the next two years, Oregon taxpayers are projected to spend an estimated $665 million on corporate tax subsidies that are intended to create jobs and promote economic growth. Unfortunately, these same Oregon taxpayers have to overcome substantial hurdles when seeking the most basic information about these subsidies. 

OSPIRG’s Renters' Handbook has provided hard-to-find information about how to keep your security deposit, get that toilet fixed, deal with a difficult landlord and more. Here are the top ten most frequently asked renter’s questions from the past 40 years.

Scrutiny of health insurance rates has cut over $69 million in waste and unjustified costs from 2014 premiums. This chart breaks it down for you.

This summer, consumers and businesses nationwide will receive $500 million in rebates from health insurance companies. Only 1 in every 200 Oregonians will see a dime as a result of this program, and that’s great news for our state. Here’s why.

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

It’s up to the IRS to ensure that nonprofits are not being used as illicit vehicles to funnel untraceable money into our elections. However the agency’s handling of this responsibility has been thoroughly outrageous, the latest scandal being just the latest example of disturbing action—or, as has been more often the case, inaction.