Electric deregulation fails to live up to promises as bills soar - USATODAY.com ^States that deregulated their energy sectors saw costs increase 30% more than states that regulated their energy sectors. ^ Electricity Restructuring by State ^Map showing deregulated states/ regulated states etc. Economic Failures of Private Water Systems | Food & Water Watch ^In America deregulated water utilities cost on average 27% more than their government owned counterparts. American private water companies charge 13-50% more than government owned water utilities http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/11/opinion/11schlosser.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all Food risks up, inspections down - Health - Infectious diseases - msnbc.com MakeOurFoodSafe.org - Make Our Food Safe ^report shows that there are 76 million foodborne illnesses, and 5,000 deaths costing more than 12 billion each year in just medical costs. ^Defunding/deregulation of FDA/USDA has resulted in an 81% drop in services which as a result the number of foodborne illness outbreaks has increased by around 300%. ^Current food safety expenses are 650million (FDA) 970million (USDA) or 1.6billion total. Expansion of food safety spending of 125 %( 44% higher than needed to achieve 1980 levels of service) would cost 2 billion dollars a year. ****Deregulation/funding cuts of the FDA has caused 36 million more foodborne illnesses, likely resulting in 3,000 more deaths and net of at least 5 billion dollars more a year in medical costs. When taking into account life expectancy time off work and other non-medical costs the amount staggers up to 50 billion dollars each year. ----So expanding the FDA/USDA spending by 125% (2 billion dollars) would save 3,000 lives and save around 50 billion dollars each year. ^ Senate Reaches Agreement On Food Safety Bill To Exempt Small Farms The new food safety modernization act of 2010, expands the FDA by 1.4 billion, and gives the FDA and other food safety agencies more regulatory power. These two things will help save 3,00 lives and a 50 billion dollars each year.