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Predatory Loans & Predatory Loan Complaints

This is the seventh in a series of reports that review complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In this report, we explore consumer complaints about predatory loans, categorized in the database as payday loans, installment loans, and auto title loans.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

New National Safety Council Data Show 20% Percent Increase in Motor-Vehicle Fatalities in Massachusetts Compared to 2015

 

New data released from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit, non- governmental public service organization chartered by Congress to promote health and safety in the United States, found a troubling increase in the number of motor-vehicle fatalities during the first half of 2016.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Fifteen Organizations Support Complaint Filed Over Eliminated MBTA Late-Night Service

Fifteen organizations have issued letters supporting the complaint filed to the Federal Transit Administration in July by the Conservation Law Foundation, Alternatives for Community and Environment and Greater Four Corners Action Coalition. The complaint asked the FTA to compel the MBTA to implement an alternative to the cancelled Late-Night Service that would reduce the disproportionately high and adverse effects cancelling Late-Night Service had on low-income and minority riders.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Food

Fight for GMO Labeling Continues

(Northampton) Local, state, and federal officials joined leading public health, food and consumer advocates pledging to continue the fight for food transparency with meaningful GMO labeling while denouncing the recently passed, industry backed, national GMO labeling law, also known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know). 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Advocates call for Airline Reforms

MASSPIRG commends U.S. Senator Ed Markey for demanding answers from the big airlines about their repeated system failures that ruin both business and leisure travelers’ plans, cost us money and time and don’t seem to be getting any better.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MA Coalition for GMO labeling cheers Vermont court decision

Today, a coalition of consumer, community, farming and public health organizations working to pass a GMO food labeling law cheered a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Vermont upholding the nation’s first GMO labeling law. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Tax

Lawmakers Call for Closing Off Shore Tax Haven Loophole

As Tax Day approaches tomorrow, it’s a good time to be reminded of how ordinary taxpayers and specifically small businesses pick up the tab for offshore tax loopholes used by many large multinational corporations. MASSPIRG was joined today by Representatives Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury) and Lenny Mirra (R-West Newbury), Senator Mark Montigny (D-NewBedford) and Massachusetts Fair Share to release a new study by the MASSPIRG Education Fund revealing that the average Massachusetts small business owner would have to pay an extra $4,031 in state and federal taxes to make up for the money lost in 2014 due to offshore tax haven abuse by large multinational corporations and to call for the passage of a state bill to close one of the loopholes.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics

Tomorrow the National Task Force for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will release a five-year action plan to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.  The plan will take several positive steps but largely miss an opportunity to call for critical reforms on antibiotic use on livestock.

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News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Budget, Tax

Massachusetts Receives "A" in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Massachusetts received an ‘A’ when it comes to government spending transparency.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

McDonald’s announces plan to cut overuse of antibiotics in chicken

McDonald’s announced a new policy today to curb the overuse of antibiotics in chickens purchased to make McNuggets and other McDonald's products. Within two years, farming operations supplying McDonald’s USA restaurants will be prohibited from routinely administering medically important antibiotics to chickens, a practice that is commonplace even when animals are healthy.

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Blog Post | Democracy

Testimony: Act Improving the Laws Relating to Ethics and Lobbying | Deirdre Cummings

"Recommendation: I suggest that you include language to require, as part of the reforms, a fully transparenct state budget as laid out in a bill just filed in both the House and Senate entitled, An Act Relative to Transparency in State Revenues and Expenditures."

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Blog Post | Budget

Testimony urging inclusion of budget transparency recommendations on ethics reforms | Deirdre Cummings

"I am here today to urge you to include transparency – in particular – budget transparency, in this committees recommendations on ethics reforms..."

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

TESTIMONY On Automobile Reinsurers Rules | Deirdre Cummings

 Stephen D'Amato testifies in the Hearing on Emergency Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers Rules

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Testimony in Favor of An Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Health Care. | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG strongly supports measures to lower the cost of health care by lowering prescription drug costs, as reflected in S. 2526, 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Testimony Against Against H.1323/S. 867Against H.1323/S. 867 | Deirdre Cummings

H.1323/S. 867, like the pre-1979 consumer protection act itself, incorrectly assumes that if there is no money lost, there is no injury.  The fact is many consumer wrongs do not result in monetary losses.

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