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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

This Time, BP Settlement Protects Taxpayers

Taxpayers protected. BP not allowed to write of legal settlement from Gulf oil spill.


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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

True Amount of BP Settlement Will Depend on Hidden Tax Giveaways

BP agreed today to a $4.5 billion settlement to resolve felony and misdemeanor charges related to the gulf oil spill, but taxpayers may end up indirectly covering up to 35 percent of the amount if the company is allowed to take the amount as a tax write off.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

New Survey Shows Free Checking Widely Available At Small Banks But Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

Boston, November 15– A new consumer survey finds big banks charging more than smaller banks and credit unions, in addition to other findings.

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Report | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Big Banks Bigger Fees, 2012

 

A new survey shows free checking widely available at small banks but banks still hiding fees from consumers.



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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

On-Line Retail Tax Subsidy

Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, told Tax Analysts on November 13 that the rationale for such favorable tax treatment no longer applies.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Groups Oppose Bill to Remove Prices From Groceries

It soon may be harder for Massachusetts shoppers to find out the price of groceries if a bill just approved by a legislative committee becomes law.

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The Boston Globe - Puzzle, precaution over plastic

CVS said it will join Wal-Mart, bottle-maker Nalgene, and other companies in pulling tens of thousands of the shatter-proof, transparent products off store shelves. Some parents are tossing hiking bottles into the trash, feeding their babies with glass containers, and searching for a safer alternative to see-through sippy cups. So how dangerous are these bottles? And what should consumers do about the risk?

 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Senate Passes RX Drug Reform Measures

MASSPIRG praised the action of the Massachusetts Senate after adopting much needed prescription drug marketing reforms as part of the Senate President’s Health Care Cost Control Bill,  S. 2650, An Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care.

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WCVB TV - Recycle All Bottles

Twenty-seven years after the passage of the Massachusetts bottle bill, the Legislature is considering expanding its provisions to cover noncarbonated bottles and cans of water, iced tea, juices and energy drinks. We think it's a good idea and about time.

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The Boston Globe - Redemption made easier

Broadening the Massachusetts bottle bill to include these other containers has been a top priority for environmentalists. But many retailers worry about the additional processing a broader law would require and have opposed it. Now a container-redemption service in Maine has demonstrated how to recycle large quantities of cans and bottles in a way that does not greatly inconvenience either consumers or stores.

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