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Advertisements with inaccurate data aid foes of wider bottle law

A barrage of critical television advertisements containing information that state statistics show is false has apparently led to a dramatic increase in opposition to a November ballot proposal to expand the state bottle law.

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Hank Investigates: Excise Tax Bill Errors

MASSPIRG's Deirdre Cummings was interviewed on Channel 7 News to discuss excise tax bills errors by the Department of Transportation

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics

New executive order on antibiotics takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health. 

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics

Today, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order – Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Executive Director of MASSPIRG on this week’s letter from Senate Republicans to President Obama

MASSPIRG congratulates Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) for declining to sign this letter, which proposed that  the CFPB would be run by a five-member commission instead of a director, receive appropriations funding instead of bank user fees, and other body blows to the nascent agency which would  make it a creature of the political Congress, not an independent body. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Senate Republicans to President Obama re: gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

United States Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee, along with Republican leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and all but two of his 44 Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate have told President Obama in a letter that there will be no deal on Elizabeth Warren or anyone else to run the CFPB unless it is weakened substantially as proposed in several bills being considered in Congress.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Opposes Bills to Weaken Retail Price Disclosure Laws

MASSPIRG urged a State House Committee to oppose 8 bills which would severely weaken or eliminate the popular price disclosure law which requires retailers to price stickers on most supermarket items.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

House votes to repeal law aimed at lowering health care costs

By a vote of 128-22 on April 27, 2011, the House sided with the Rx drug industry as they voted to repeal the Rx Gift Ban, a critical consumer protection law aimed at driving downing spiraling health care costs.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

House Approves Tax Subsidy Transparency and Accountability Reform

In the first day of the FY2012 state budget debate, the House adopted reforms to improve the transparency and accountability of tax subsidies.

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