News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

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.

News Release | Budget, Tax

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.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Unlikely Allies Uncover Billions in Federal Government Savings

As a federal commission continues to debate recommendations for addressing future federal deficits, a new study released today by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) provides the panel with more than $600 billion of spending cuts with appeal across the political spectrum.

Report | National Taxpayers Union (NTU) | Budget, Financial Reform, Tax

Toward Common Ground

Our nation faces unprecedented fiscal challenges, as the commitments we’ve made now and into the future far outpace our fiscal capacity. Congress, the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and citizens across the country must grapple with very difficult decisions about how we can put our fiscal house in order. It will be critical to reach out across party lines and across ideological persuasions to achieve common-sense reforms that can bring us closer to balance.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

MASSPIRG urges you to vote No on Ballot Questions 1 and 3

On November 2, voters will cast ballots on two initiative petitions on taxes. We urge you to vote No on both questions.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Senate Hits One Out of the Park for Transparency

Transparency advocates praised last night’s vote by the Massachusetts Senate approving two reforms which will set a new standard for government transparency and accountability.

Out of the Shadows

In Massachusetts, quasi-public agencies perform vital government functions, delivering essential services such as operating public buses and rail systems, delivering drinking water and managing public pensions.Unfortunately, quasi-public authorities operate largely under the radar in Massachusetts, this study uses data provided to us by the quasi-public agencies in response to public records requests, as well as public audits and online searches, to examine the size and scope of quasi-public agencies in Massachusetts and the extent to which their budgets and decision-making are open to the public.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Report: MA’s Quasi-Public Agencies Lack Transparency

Massachusetts’ quasi-public agencies fail to disclose basic spending information online, despite the fact that their combined budgets represent 33% of additional government activity that is not included in the state budget or covered by the normal oversight process.


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