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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 | Solid Waste

Coalition Lauds Proposal to Increase Bottle Bill Handling Fee

We applaud EOEEA Secretary Rick Sullivan’s proposed regulations to increase the bottle bill handling fee. Bottle redemption centers, small, family-owned businesses that are a key part of making the bottle bill work, haven’t had a raise in the 2.25 cent handling fee for over 20 years.

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Media Hit | Tax

Look offshore to avert the fiscal cliff

There are better ways to use $150 billion than having it sit in a P.O. box in the Caymans. With the fiscal cliff on the horizon, closing offshore tax loopholes should be an obvious first step to solving our budget woes.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

First Step to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff: Close Offshore Tax Loopholes

With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit, MASSPIRG joined with business, legislative and community leaders today to point out a clear first step to avoid the “fiscal cliff”: closing offshore tax loopholes. Many of America’s largest corporations and wealthiest individuals use accounting gimmicks to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens, where they pay little to no taxes.  This kind of tax avoidance costs the federal government $150 billion in tax revenue each year.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Legislature Passes Bill to Save the Drivers’ Appeals Board

The legislature passed law to save the auto insurance appeals board. The appeals board allows drivers to appeal “at-fault” determinations by their insurer company which can often result in significant increases in auto insurance premiums.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Bush fails new TARP report card, group will monitor Obama bailout plans

Without better oversight, the TARP bank bailout program will continue to fail.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

New National Poll finds Strong, Bipartisan Demand for Transparency in Economic Recovery Package

An overwhelming majority of voters want full and open reporting on how Recovery Act funds are spent at federal and state levels, according to a nationwide survey.

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Cambridge Chronicle - Fiscal crisis pushes changes to bottle bill

At a time when budget cuts, contracting industries and vanishing jobs are forcing lawmakers to accept some tough tradeoffs, Wolf said the legislature would be ill-advised to pass up this opportunity.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

New Report: Without Reform, Health Costs Will Double

Without action from Congress, and continued commitment and leadership from the Massachusetts legislature and health care regulators, health care premiums and deductibles with employer provided insurance will nearly double by 2016, according to a new report released today by MASSPIRG.

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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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