Blog

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Laura Deehan
Public Health Advocate

With salons closed in recent months as part of sheltering-in-place efforts, I’ve found myself doing more self-care at home -- from pedicures to Zoom make-overs with friends. Digging through my bathroom cabinet to find supplies, an important question dawned on me: Can I be sure the makeover products are safe?

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

This blog explains U.S. PIRG's support for automated warning and contact tracing, subject to appropriate privacy and civil liberties protections, which can provide critical information quickly about who has potentially been exposed.

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Laura Deehan
Public Health Advocate

A guest blog from my colleague, Lisa Frank, from our grants team, sharing her story of testing for coronavirus.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Campaigns To Stop The Overuse of Antibiotics & End The Nicotine Trap

The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of how we raise food animals across the world. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Yesterday, U.S. PIRG joined leading consumer groups and bank trade associations in a joint letter urging Congress at the soonest possible opportunity to clarify that economic impact payments responding to this public health emergency are exempt from otherwise legally binding garnishment orders.

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Claudia Deeg
Associate

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. If you’ve been impacted by the economic ramifications of the outbreak, you may qualify for free tax filing software.

To keep the sickest people alive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we need ventilators. We don’t have them — and that says something about our priorities.

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Laura Deehan
Public Health Advocate

We are just weeks away from the United States’ expected COVID-19 peak, and as scores of state and local officials are making clear, rather than rollbacks, we need broader testing capacity with the federal government leading the effort. 

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Claudia Deeg
Associate

Living in California, I’m currently spending 56% of my income on rent. Most financial advisers say you shouldn’t spend more than 30%. Apparently this qualifies me as “severely cost-burdened,” according to the California Budget & Policy Center.

However, I’m extremely lucky that I’ve kept my job so far since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When rent was due on April 1st, I could pay it. Sadly, many others couldn’t.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Rich Cordray, the first director of the CFPB and author of a new book on his six years at its helm, has issued a powerful memo to its current director, Kathy Kraninger, urging her to stop "relaxing" duties on financial firms and to "lose no further time" in "shield[ing] households and families" from the "economic harms" they face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.