Consumer Protection

Poll shows strong support for Wall Street reform, report shows need for Consumer Protection Bureau

On the day that a landmark federal agency – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – takes over enforcement of all major consumer laws, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group announced the results of a poll showing that an overwhelming majority of likely voters both support a new consumer agency (74%) and want Wall Street held “accountable” (77%). VPIRG also released a new report documenting “10 reasons” consumers need the new CFPB.

2011 Legislative Accomplishments

The 2011 legislative session was filled with victories on VPIRG-backed legislation across each of our program areas. With a new governor in office for the first time in eight years, our small state suddenly had opportunities to pass the kind of major policy initiatives that our friends in other parts of the country could only …

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2011 Legislative Session at a glance

One of my favorite things about directing VPIRG is that by working with members like you and our partners across the state, we manage to get things done that my colleagues in other states can only dream about. Consider our list of accomplishments in the legislative session that just ended on Friday.

VPIRG releases 25th Annual Toy Safety Report

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) announced today in its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report. VPIRG’s report reveals the results of laboratory testing for toxic chemicals and identifies toys that pose choking hazards.  In addition, the report includes guidance for avoiding common …

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