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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Thousands of Massachusetts Voters’ Ballots Weren’t Counted

In Massachusetts’ 2020 general election, almost 60% of provisional ballots were not counted, according to election data from the Secretary of State’s office. Of the 4,323 provisional ballots issued in the 2020 statewide election, 2,587 ballots were rejected. A ‘provisional ballot’ is provided to someone who shows up at the polls on Election Day, assuming they are registered, but are told they are not currently on the voter list at the precinct. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Biden administration announces $6.4 billion program to reduce transportation’s climate impacts

The United States Department of Transportation announced on Thursday a new program to spend $6.4 billion over the next five years to reduce climate emissions from the nation’s transportation sector.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Statement: A win for government transparency

 

The Massachusettts Governor’s Council announced Wednesday that it will resume livestreaming its meetings, a month after deciding to discontinue public presentation online. The change comes after MASSPIRG joined with civic, community, disability and news organizations in calling for the statewide elected body -- which considers pardons and commutations and reviews warrants for the state treasury -- toreverse its decision.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Statement: Groups Praise PFAS Interagency Task Force Work and Call for Immediate Action

 

BOSTON – The state PFAS Interagency Task Force , established by the Legislature last year, released their final report to the Legislature about a class of chemicals called PFAS and how to regulate and mitigate their impact in Massachusetts. The Task Force was chaired by state Rep. Kate Hogan (Stow) and state Sen. Julian Cyr (Truro).

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Biden restores robust public and environmental review for infrastructure projects

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday stronger public and environmental review requirements under a bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The move reversed a rollback by the Trump administration of the requirements, which had limited public review of federal infrastructure projects in an effort to shove through the permitting of new freeways, fossil fuel power plants and pipelines.

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