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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Transparency In City Spending

The report reviews and grades the nation’s thirty largest cities including Boston on how effectively they allow the public to track city spending - including budgets, contracts, subsidies, and grants. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

MASSPIRG comments on Governor Patrick's “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan”

On January 14, MASSPIRG was invited to attend an event at U Mass Boston at which Governor Patrick unveiled a bold vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan” calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year on average for the next ten years and kicks off the long needed debate about our transportation system’s future.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election

“The first post-Citizens United presidential election confirmed our fears that the new unlimited-money regime allows well-heeled special interests and secret spenders to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” commented Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court case decided in 2010, held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. The report provides a detailed analysis of all federal election spending and fundraising by campaigns and Super PACs. The data uncovers the undue influence that large donors, business interests and secret spenders had in 2012.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

Billion Dollar Democracy

The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines.

Demos and U.S. PIRG analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers.

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Central Mass Colleges Score Over $150K From Credit Card Agreements

Central Mass colleges and alumni associations received over $150,000 from credit card company agreements in 2011, according to the 2012 annual report and database from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

MASSPIRG outlines agressive credit card marketing practices and provides tips on how to avoid high fees. 

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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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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

College Students Overwhelmingly Support Steps To Address Aggressive Credit Card Marketing On Campus

Students overwhelmingly support limits on campus credit card marketing, according to the results of a nationwide MASSPIRG survey of over 1500 students at 40 colleges in 14 states, including UMass-Boston, Mass College of Art, and Mass Bay Community College.

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News Release | MASSPIRG

Two Insurers Undermine Massachusetts Auto Insurance Competition

MASSPIRG and the Center for Insurance Research have discovered that at least two insurers – USAA and State Farm – are refusing to offer coverage to Massachusetts drivers, in violation of a Division of Insurance requirement. 

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Defend the CFPB

Tell your senators to oppose the “Financial CHOICE Act,” which would gut Wall Street reforms and destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it.

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