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Report | CALPIRG | Transit

Do Roads Pay for Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding

Highway advocates often claim that roads "pay for themselves," with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering—or nearly covering—the full cost of highway construction and maintenance. They are wrong.

Report | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble In Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety

The 2010 Trouble in Toyland report is the 25th annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. In this report, U.S. PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Report | CALPIRG | Energy

Next Stop California: The Benefits of High-Speed Rail Around the World and What’s in Store for California

As California moves toward construction of a new high-speed rail network, the state has much to learn from experiences abroad. High-speed rail lines have operated for decades in Europe and Asia, providing a wealth of information about what California can expect from high-speed rail and how the state can receive the greatest possible benefits from its investment.

Report | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection

A Cover to Cover Solution: How Open Textbooks are the Path to Textbook Affordability

College textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years, threatening the affordability and accessibility of higher education in America. The average student spends $900 on textbooks annually, which can be the tipping point between affording a degree and dropping out because of cost. As prices continue to rise, the need for solutions is increasingly urgent. This report looks at some of the solutions.

Report | Textbooks

A Cover to Cover Solution

The Student PIRGs conducted this study to evaluate options from the traditional textbook market - rentals, e-books and e-readers - and  open textbooks as potential next steps to reduce the high cost of textbooks.  The report finds that student preferences vary widely, and that options like rentals and e-books only appeal to a subset of students.  Open textbooks have the highest potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students. 

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