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Unlikely Allies Uncover $1 Trillion in Savings for Super Committee

As the Congressional “Super Committee” begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, a new study released today by MASSPIRG’s national affiliate, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) provides the panel with more than $1 trillion of spending cuts with appeal from across the political spectrum.

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Effort to Close Tax Breaks for Big Oil Fails in US Senate

U.S. Senate votes down S.B. 940 known as the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act on May 17, 2011.

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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.

Tax Shell Game

National elected leaders have recently proposed a range of spending cuts. The vast majority of these cuts come from programs widely viewed as providing broad public benefits or serving national priorities, including programs providing access to higher education, food safety, product safety, clean air and drinking water, and financial sector oversight to protect consumers and avoid future bank bailouts. In addressing the deficit, our leaders should examine all areas of spending where programs do not deliver benefits to the public. Our leaders should also address spending that takes place through tax code exemptions and through the appropriations process. These expenditures have the same impact on the national deficit as direct spending, and they should also be transparent, accountable and serve the public.

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Off-Shore Tax Havens Cost MA Taxpayers $608 a Year

Major corporations avoid a total of as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” their US profits. Massachusetts taxpayers are left footing the bill.

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Groups call for Transparency and Accountability of Corporate Tax Breaks

Local, state and national groups call for greater accountability and transparency of corporate tax breaks at a State House hearing.

Following the Money 2011

This report is U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s second annual ranking of states’ progress toward “Transparency 2.0” – a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility.The past year has seen continued progress, with new states providing online access to government spending information and several states pioneering new tools to further expand citizens’ access to spending information and engagement with government.

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National Report Ranks States on Transparency of Economic Subsidies

Online disclosure of the names of companies receiving state and local tax breaks is improving according to a report published today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center based in Washington, DC.

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MASSPIRG’s Response to the Vote of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Statement of Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director for MASSPIRG, on the 11 to 7 vote by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in support of “The Moment of Truth: Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform,” released earlier this week.

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