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News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Tax

Study: 70% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2013

Tax loopholes encouraged more than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies – including some companies headquartered in Massachusetts – to maintain subsidiaries in offshore tax havens as of 2013, according to “Offshore Shell Games,” released today by MASSPIRG Education Fund and Citizens for Tax Justice.

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Report | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Tax

Offshore Shell Games

Tax loopholes encouraged more than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies – including some companies headquartered in Massachusetts – to maintain subsidiaries in offshore tax havens. Collectively, the companies reported booking nearly $2 trillion offshore for tax purposes, with just 30 companies accounting for 62 percent of the total, or $1.2 trillion.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Majority of State Legislators Support GMO Food Labeling

MASSPIRG and other consumer, community, farming and public health organizations working to pass a GMO food labeling law announced that a majority of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate have pledged their support for GMO food labeling legislation curerntly pending in the House. In total, 142 Massachusetts legislators – including 119 from the House of Representatives and 23 from the Senate – have signed on in support of GMO food labeling legislation. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Education Fund Announces New Resource: Top Ten Ways the CFPB Can Help You CFPB Has Already Returned $1.5 Billion To Consumers

MASSPIRG releases a new list of 10 resources available to consumers from the CFPB. 

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Blog Post | Democracy

Election Modernization Bill Passes in Massachusetts | Janet Domenitz

Online Voter Registration Brings Massachusetts into the 21st Century

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy, Financial Reform

The DISCLOSE Act is a Critical First Step to Prevent a Corporate Takeover of Democracy

The DISCLOSE (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act includes a set of strong and necessary reforms which will help protect American elections from the flood of corporate money made legal in the January 21 Supreme Court ruling.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

House Adopts State Spending Website

Transparency advocates praised last night’s vote by the Massachusetts House of Representatives approving a new level of state budget transparency.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Advocates Challenge Wal-Mart's Push for Bailout from State Pricing Laws

As a throng of Wal-Mart executives is set to descend on the State House today to convince legislators to bail them out of a law requiring most grocery items to have price stickers, consumer advocates reminded elected officials that consumer laws like item pricing protect every shopper in the Commonwealth at the checkout.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Massachusetts Taxpayers Footing a $100 Billion Bill for Tax Dodgers

While a lot of attention is given on Tax Day to how tax dollars are spent, MASSPIRG is instead focused on the revenue lost every year – $100 billion – thanks to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Massachusetts Received an “F” in New Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Massachusetts received an “F” for “incomplete” when it came to openness about government spending, according to MASSPIRG in a new state by state report, "FOLLOWING THE MONEY: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data," released today.

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