Blog Posts By:

Mike Litt,
Director, Consumer Campaign

U.S. PIRG submitted a public comment letter supporting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate disclosures rule and made recommendations to strengthen it.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published two proposals today to improve the accuracy and transparency of funds making environmental, social, and governance claims.

The SEC announced that it is extending the public comment deadline for its climate disclosure rule from May 20th to June 17th.

Most airlines are only offering vouchers, not refunds, when passengers cancel their flights due to concerns including COVID-19.

Even with the knowledge I’ve gained working as a consumer advocate for several years, getting my finances in order has been a work in progress. 

Until recently, I did not have estate and end-of-life planning in mind, but it was the natural next step in my quest to be a responsible adult, with a nudge from the existential threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advance directives are legal instructions that include a living will (different from a regular will) and a health care proxy. In them, you state what treatments you do or don’t want at the end of your life and who you want making health care decisions for you if you can’t. 

Before listening to In Case You Get Hit By a Bus, I didn’t know about insurance that covers the costs of long-term care, such as home health care or nursing home care, for people who need assistance with daily living activities. 

Getting my finances in order has been a work in progress over several years, starting with tackling credit card debt, paying off my car loan and then building an emergency fund. 

After clearing those hurdles, I set more defined financial goals and plans in motion this year, including automatic deposits into new investment accounts.

Celebrating my favorite government mascot’s 50th birthday by sharing the zero-waste tips I have made a part of my life.