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The Impact of the Bottle Bill on Jobs in the Economy

This year, Massachusetts plummeted from 15th to 21st in CNBC’s annual ranking of the health of  each state’s economy, further demonstration that more must be done to stimulate job growth in  Massachusetts. One sector with untapped job growth is Massachusetts’ recycling industry, which  already employs close to 14,000 people, has a half-billion dollar payroll, and collects $3.2 billion in revenue every year. If the pending Bottle Bill Update is passed (H.890/S.1650), a net increase of 1500 jobs is expected in the state of Massachusetts.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

MASSPIRG Urges Governor to Veto Changes To Prescription Drug Gift Ban

Leading consumer, health care and senior organizations urge Governor Patrick to veto the changes made to the Prescription Drug Gift Ban included in the Massachusetts FY13 budget currently pending his approval.   “At a time when government, businesses and consumers are focused on improving health care quality and controlling costs, the very last thing the Legislature and the Governor should be considering is weakening the gift ban law,” concluded Deirdre Cummings, MASSPIRG Legislative Director.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Opposes Price Sticker Elimination

“Shoppers need more and clearer price information, not less,” said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director at MASSPIRG. “Accurate, comparable, and easy-to-use price disclosure is as important today than it has ever been. Retailers and manufacturers are continually inventing new strategies and gimmicks to get us to shop their store or buy their products – all in the name of a ‘bargain’”.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Statement of MASSPIRG Staff Attorney Lizzi Weyant on passage of the short-term funding bill for statewide public transportation

We are grateful that the legislature approved this short-term funding fix for the T and the RTAs, but we need our decision-makers to pass legislation that creates a comprehensive, statewide, long-term solution to all of our transportation funding needs. We need the legislature to fix our broken transportation system and work to increase public transportation ridership.

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News Release | MASSPIRG and Toxics Action Center | Solid Waste

Don’t Waste Massachusetts Calls for Release of Waste Plan

Two years ago this July 1st, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its draft Solid Waste Master Plan for 2010 – 2020, “Pathway to Zero Waste.”  Following the release, DEP held five public hearings on the Plan across the state and received input from municipalities, businesses and industry, recycling advocacy groups, and hundreds of citizens.  And since then, the draft Solid Waste Master Plan – the state’s number one guiding document on all things waste – has been sitting on the shelf, gathering dust, waiting to be finalized and shown to the public.

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