News Briefs

Lead is highly toxic, especially to children. The last place it should be is in the drinking water at schools where they go to learn, grow and play.

What business does a pesticide linked to brain damage in children have being sprayed on the food our families eat? None, say California officials.

For today's young people, earning a college degree is hard enough without worrying where their next meal will come from.

Taking care of a small child can be a 24/7 job. But family finances often push one or both parents out of the house to work at a "real job."

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Emily Rusch
Executive Director

This week both the state Senate and Assembly passed CALPIRG-backed bills to ensure much more of the single use plastic and packaging we use is actually recycled.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

State PIRG staff from around the country joined over 120 consumer advocates at the third annual Consumer Lobby Day today. Meetings with members of Congress and their staffs focused on protecting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure and funding while also opposing its current leadership's attack on a payday lending regulation drafted by its past director and his team.

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Emily Rusch
Executive Director

CALPIRG recently launched our Work for Wellbeing campaign to redefine work and provide support for the different ways Californians contribute to their communities that may not be captured by GDP or a bottom line. Today Gov. Newsom announced that his revised May budget will include a $1,000 CalEITC expansion for qualifying families with young children under six, doubling his original proposal back in January.

A bipartisan consensus is forming around at least one issue: battling hunger among college students.

In 2019, it's unthinkable that toxic lead, mercury, formaldehyde and even asbestos would be found in everyday items like makeup. Yet there they are.

How can the country's third-largest burger chain help save the cornerstone of modern medicine? By buying only beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics.