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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Health Care

Massachusetts takes steps forward to curb-out-of control health care costs

“This is good news for every resident of the Commonwealth,” said Deirdre Cummings, MASSPIRG’s legislative director. “With health care costs expected to double by 2020, we couldn’t afford delay or inaction.”   

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News Release | Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill | Solid Waste

Legislative Committee Kills Updated Bottle Bill

With the support of 77% of the public, 208 cities and towns, Governor Patrick, and a majority of legislators, the measure should have been swiftly adopted. "Instead of Massachusetts taking home the gold medal, by disqualifying the public's opinion, the legislature gives us more litter, more waste, and less recycling." said Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG.

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Coakley seeks record $16 million fine for National Grid

At the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, Legislative Director Deirdre Cummings said she was also heartened by the hefty fine Coakley recommended. But, she added, only time will tell if it is large enough to prompt change.

“Certainly it’s enough for the company to take notice,” she said, “I do know that unless there is a fine associated with poor performance or failures, they’re not going to fix the problem.”

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Media Hit | Health Care

Relaxed Law Allows Docs to Dine with Big Pharma

“The pharma industry is very adept at persuading the public that coupons are good for consumers. The reality is that what the coupons will do is increase healthcare costs significantly. They’re designed to promote the sale of the newest and most costly drugs,” [MASSIPRG's Legislative Director Deirdre] Cummings said. “In the end it leads to a less safe environment to consumers."

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Big Crowd Gathers at State House Calling for House Passage of the Updated Bottle Bill

In the wake of the state Senate’s passage of the Updated Bottle Bill last week, and with Governor Patrick a huge champion, supporters gathered today to call on Speaker Robert DeLeo and the House of Representatives to finally pass the Update after 14 years.

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USA Today - Safe cigarettes sometimes snuffed

Most of the 300 to 350 seniors killed each year in cigarette fires die in private homes. But cigarettes also are the leading cause of fire deaths in institutions that care for seniors. A USA TODAY analysis of more than 100 fatal fires since 1999 in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and senior housing shows that about 50% began with a cigarette.

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Environment News Service - New York State Mandates Green Cleaning Products in Schools

Governor George Pataki signed legislation Wednesday that protects children, teachers and all school personnel from toxic cleaning products used by many schools.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Support Legislation to Counteract Big Money in Politics

MASSPIRG calls for Citizens United reforms

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