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News Release | CALPIRG | Budget, Tax

Off-Shore Tax Havens Cost California Taxpayers $440 a Year

Major corporations and some individuals avoid a total of as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the profits they make here in the U.S. or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. As a result, California taxpayers are left footing the bill.

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News Release | CALPIRG | Safe Energy

CALPIRG Testimony at Legislative Hearing on Nuclear Safety

It will be months, if not years, before we are able to learn all of the lessons from the crisis at Japan’s nuclear power plant. But several lessons are already abundantly clear.  

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News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

A survey of more than 350 bank branches released today by the California 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.

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Big Banks, Bigger Fees

Since Congress largely deregulated consumer deposit (checking and savings) accounts beginning in the early 1980s, the PIRGs have tracked bank deposit account fee changes and documented the banks’ long-term strategy to raise fees, invent new fees and make it harder to avoid fees. 

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News Release | CALPIRG | Safe Energy

Better Seismic Studies Needed at CA Nuclear Plants

Southern California Edison’s announcement that they will more thoroughly study seismic risks under the San Onofre nuclear power plant is long overdue. State officials have known that the site could experience larger and more frequent earthquakes than were anticipated when the plant was designed. Further study is necessary and prudent to fully understand the risks and prepare for the worst.

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