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Pennsylvania Turnpike Expansion

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is struggling financially, with $11 billion in debt as of 2016. To reduce its debt, some state officials are seeking to end the PTC’s legally mandated annual payment of $450 million to support state public transit – a move that would constitute a major blow to state transit needs. Despite its tight finances, the PTC is undertaking an expensive and unnecessary highway widening across most of the state.

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PIRG Consumer Watchdog

For more than 40 years, we’ve been educating consumers how to protect themselves and their rights. We fight to get dangerous products off store shelves, to end exploitative practices, and to ensure a level playing field in the marketplace. And we advocate for new rules, institutions and policies to defend consumers from the economic and political power of special interests. Right now, our Watchdog team is focused on consumer threats from data breaches to dangerous toys.

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Planning to vote in person? Consider taking a bag of supplies to help you survive long lines

You should plan for long lines. Here's a list of what you should do before you go to vote, what you should take with you and how you should stay safe while you’re at your polling place.

Pledge to be Toxic-Free

Safe alternatives are possible and profitable. 

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Portsmouth Bypass, Ohio

A major highway project that scored near the bottom of the state’s priority list is under way in a county, and a state, where driving has declined and existing roads are in desperate need of repair.

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Price gouging: What to watch for to protect your wallet

Our popular tips to prevent and report price gouging have assisted in record-breaking reports to states’ attorneys general, and also has led to new and strengthened related laws in states.

Protecting Children While Sheltering in Place

While we shelter in place and children stay home all day, it's important keep certain hazards out of their reach.

Protecting yourself from toxic hand sanitizers

After the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) flagged five brands of potentially dangerous hand sanitizer last month, the list of potentially contaminated products has skyrocketed. 

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Puget Sound Gateway, Washington

Washington state is proposing to spend billions of dollars on a highway to relieve congestion in a way that will not do so, in an area where traffic has not grown for more than a decade, and where other pressing needs for transportation funding exist.

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