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Collins, Ayotte stand in way of new consumer protection bureau

KUDOS TO Senator Elizabeth Warren for coming out swinging against the big banks at her first Senate Banking Committee hearing, urging regulators to finally hold the banks accountable and leading the fight to defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Consumers Stuck without Stickers | Deirdre Cummings

A new law lets supermarkets dump price stickers. Among many suggestions, MASSPIRG calls for 21st century complaint process--allowing shoppers to file complaints at the register or price scanner with their smart phone.

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Blog Post | Budget, Tax

New Legislation to Close Off Shore Tax Haven Loopholes - Will Save Taxpayers $200 Million | Deirdre Cummings

New bill filed in Washington to close off shore tax haven loopholes. 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

SENATORS HOLD CFPB DIRECTOR HOSTAGE, ROIL MARKETS | Deirdre Cummings

On Friday, most Senate Republicans again sent the President a letter saying they would not confirm Richard Cordray to a full term as CFPB director unless the agency's powers and independence were first gutted. Their intransigence contributes to market uncertainty that ignores at least three things: The CFPB is here to stay; the public wants the CFPB; and, banks lose to payday lenders if the director is not confirmed.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Offshore Tax Dodging Blows a $1.6 Billion Hole in Massachusetts Budget

With Massachusetts in the midst of a budget crisis, MASSPIRG, joined by business leaders and elected officials, released a new study revealing that Massachusetts lost $1.6 billion due to offshore tax dodging in 2012. Many of America’s wealthiest individuals and largest corporations, including Wells Fargo, Citigroup, McDonalds, Target, Costco, Exxon Mobil, Intel, and Coca-Cola, and Sears  use tax loopholes to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens, where they pay little to no taxes.

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News Release | MASSPIRG

New Report: Health Care Reform Can Save Massachusetts $78 Billion

Health care reform can save $3 trillion according to a new report released today by MASSPIRG.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Small Businesses Crushed by Rising Health Costs

Small business owners are being crushed by rising health care costs, and feel left out of the current health care debate in Washington, according to a new report released today by MASSPIRG, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Government watchdog groups praise new transparency requirement for all stimulus funded contracts

Two good government groups praised new stimulus transparency directive.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Consumer Group Praises House’s Introduction of Strong Health Care Reform Bill

MASSPIRG welcomed the release today of the U.S. House’s final draft of its health care reform bill.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

If you are a consumer and you want to buy a blender or a new car, there are dozens of research studies available comparing cost, effectiveness, reliability, and durability.

But if you are a doctor dealing with your patient’s high blood pressure, hearing loss, depression or prostate cancer, you have few places – and in some case, nowhere – to turn.

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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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