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MASSPIRG praises final passage of key bill to protect student loan borrowers

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker signed into law key protections for people who have borrowed money to attend college. The new provisions, known as the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, were part of the larger economic development bill. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

McDonald’s commits to eliminating toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging globally

McDonald’s announced a commitment to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging used in its restaurants by 2025. PFAS are linked to kidney and liver problems, high cholesterol, reduced immune system function, and cancer.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

Historic legislation to prevent predatory loans passes Illinois General Assembly

Illiinois PIRG applauds passage of predatory lending reform capping usury ceiling at 36% APR. Measure sent to governor. Illinois will become the 18th state, along with the District of Columbia, that effectively bans payday loans.

News Release | MASSPIRG

MASSPIRG launches ‘Waste is Out of Fashion’ campaign

Every second, the equivalent of one dump truck filled with clothing and other textiles from around the world is sent to a landfill or incinerator. Perhaps even more upsetting, many of the clothes were never even worn. Clothing companies commonly destroy, incinerate or send to the landfill unsold and unused clothing, known as overstock, to make way for new merchandise. To address the huge amount of clothing that is wasted and turned into environmental pollution each year, MASSPIRG  partnered with U.S. PIRG to launch a campaign on Tuesday calling on states to hold the industry accountable for its overproduction and ban the destruction of overstock. 

News Release | MASSPIRG

Statement: Massachusetts legislature passes $16.5 billion transportation spending bill, marking progress on sustainable transportation

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed a bond bill, which authorized $16.5 billion for transportation spending in the Commonwealth. These authorizations included much needed spending on road and bridge repair, "complete" streets better geared towards multiple forms of transportation and expanding and maintaining our transit systems.

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