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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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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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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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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Statement of MASSPIRG's Deirdre Cummings on the Passage of Obama’s Budget Plan

The budget resolution passed by Congress today prioritizes students over banks, consumers over insurance companies and taxpayers over entrenched special interests. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

On Tax Day, New Report Showing US Corporations Avoid Taxes

Major US corporations avoid as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by hiding profits in foreign countries.

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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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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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