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State Supreme Court rules that asking for customers’ ZIP codes is illegal

SJC ruled that consumer's don't need to give their zipcodes or other personal information to retailers when checking out at the register.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

MASSPIRG Submits Testimony to Increase Bottle Bill Handling Fee

MASSPIRG supports Secretary Rick Sullivan’s proposal to increase the bottle bill “handling fee” by one penny, from 2.25c per container to 3.25c per container.  The handling fee is what the distributor pays the retailer for handling the empty containers, a key part of making the bottle bill work (the handling fee has nothing to do with the deposit, which consumers pay, and get redeemed when they return the container). This is a common sense and long overdue proposal.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Getting our Money’s Worth?

As Massachusetts kicks off its months-long state budget deliberations, MASSPIRG Education Fund released a new study today that reviews a much-debated and costly category of state spending.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Getting Our Money's Worth?

The people of Massachusetts deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent, including on tax subsidies for businesses. Full transparency allows citizens to hold lawmakers, government contractors, and recipients of public subsidies accountable. It also promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence in government.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Campaign Contributions Pave the Way for Highway Construction

The United States has 73,000 crumbling bridges, but year after year, startlingly few federal transportation dollars go to fixing them.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Supports Two Pro-Consumer Auto Insurance Bills

MASSPIRG calls for passage of two auto insurance proposals to lower auto insurance premiums and to prohibit insurers from using factors unrelated to driving record in setting rates.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG seeks stronger protections against identity theft

MASSPIRG urges the Office of Consumer Affairs to strengthen its proposed identity theft regulations.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Congress Saved Wall Street a Year Ago; Time to Save the Rest of Us

One year ago this week, in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Bush administration and Congress began massive taxpayer-backed efforts to save Wall Street.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

MASSPIRG Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy's brother once said, "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

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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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