OSPIRG Report Examines Credit Reporting Agencies


The OSPIRG Foundation today released a report "Big Credit Bureaus, Big Mistakes" examining Oregonians interactions with the three large credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. OSPIRG gleaned its information from a federal consumer complaint database.Here are the report's primary findings:          Oregon ranks 18th in complaints per ...   More
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Before You Go Holiday Shopping, Read This Report About Toy Safety

Oregon's chapter of the non-profit Public Interest Research Group released its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report Tuesday, Nov. 23. Unveiled at a news conference this morning with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger in attendance, the report OSPIRG released included nine toys that it deemed potentially harmful to children. The various toys pose threats like choking hazards and exposure to ...   More
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Report Slams Oregon For Failure to Disclose Subsidies

The state of Oregon is a failure when it comes to the transparency of economic subsidies it provides, according to a report released today by Good Jobs First, a Washington, D.C. non-profit. Here's a statement that accompanied the analysis: Oregon received a grade of F because the state lacked reporting on subsidy recipients. Without this important transparency, taxpayers will be left in the ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read This Before You Get That "Free" Checking Account

Putting your money under your mattress may seem more attractive after reading a report OSPIRG released last week on all the ways Oregon banks nickel and dime consumers. Here are two alarming facts the consumer protection group discovered in a survey of 10 banks and eight credit unions offering "low cost" checking accounts in Portland, Eugene and Ashland: An overdraft of $20 paid back in two ...   More
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read This Before You Go Out To Buy A Toy

The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group is arming toy-buyers for the holiday gift-buying season with a tool designed to let them figure out what's safe and what's not while they're actually in the store. Starting today, OSPIRG's mobile web site will let shoppers review safety information on toys listed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as unsafe not only in lead and phthalate ...   More
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Brittany Rogers

OSPIRG Publishes Tax Break Database

When the state is broke, people start paying more attention to tax breaks. Some of the biggest—such as the mortgage interest deduction for individuals— will never get touched. But others, such as the recently-ended tax break for buying a hybrid car, do occasionally end. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group has taken a look at all the state tax breaks and done two things: ...   More
Monday, March 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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