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Report: Bay State website gets good transparency grade

Massachusetts ranked #2 in making state spending transparent.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget

MA Receives an “A-” in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

 

“State governments across the country continue to be more transparent about where the money goes, extending checkbook-level disclosure of data on spending to contracting, tax subsidies, development incentives and other expenditures,” said Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director of MASSPIRG. “Massachusetts’ spending website is one of the best in the country when it comes to making state spending transparent and accessible.”

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget

Following the Money 2013

Every year, state governments spend tens of billions of dollars through contracts with private entities for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, grants, and other forms of spending. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that state funds are well spent.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Letter from Mayor Menino: Raise the Bottle Bill handling fee | Janet Domenitz

MASSPIRG is excited that Mayor Menino has put his support firmly behind raising the handling fee for redemption centers. Raising the fee will help locally owned redemption centers stay in business, and make it easier for Bay Staters to recycle.

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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 | Health Care

New Report Shows How Much Health Insurers Actually Spend on Care

With Americans increasingly concerned about rising health care costs, MASSPIRG Education Fund today released a report finding that health insurers can cut overhead and increase patient care. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Senate Adopts State Budget Transparency Web Site

Senate adopted amendment for comprehensive state budget transparency website.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Senate passes the Credit CARD Act

MASSPIRG commends the Senate on overwhelming passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, S 414, as introduced by Senator Chris Dodd, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee.

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News Release | US PIRG | Consumer Protection

U.S. PIRG Consumer Program Director on Senate passage of the Credit CARD Act

U.S. PIRG commends the Senate on overwhelming passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, S 414, as introduced by Senator Chris Dodd, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee. While the House has already passed a similar Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights, we expect that the House will simply pass the identical Senate bill so Congress can send a final bill for the President to sign before Memorial Day.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Group Praises New Pick For Consumer Affairs Chief

Governor Deval Patrick has put the “consumer” back into Consumer Affairs with his appointment of Barbara Anthony as the new Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

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