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Who Flipped the Antibiotics Script | Deirdre Cummings

The "cold-blooded capitalists" have made strides for public health, while the "heavy-handed government" sit on those hands. Consumer power is changing the antibiotics script.

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Blog Post | Democracy

MASSPIRG Legislative Director Deidre Cummings' Testimony in support of improving access to public records | Deirdre Cummings

 

Transparency in government is the cornerstone to a strong democracy. Government transparency checks corruption, promotes fiscal responsibility and efficiency, and allows for greater, more meaningful participation in our democratic system.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

AMTRAK DERAILMENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO FUND RAIL AND TRANSIT AS HOUSE VOTES TO CUT $260 MILLION IN AMTRAK BUDGET

While it’s unclear whether the Amtrak derailment on Tuesday near Philadelphia was directly the result of inadequate maintenance and repair, the tragedy highlights the need for Congress to adequately fund transit infrastructure, repair and maintenance. 

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Blog Post | Public Health

Closer to Our Customers | Deirdre Cummings

Steve Easterbrook, the President and CEO of McDonald's, last week put out a 23 minute video talking about changes afoot with the fast food giant. He bluntly said, "Our recent performance has been poor." 

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Blog Post | Transportation

The Facts We Need to Build a Thriving Transportation System | Kirstie Pecci

The Governor and his Special Panel have identified a number of reforms to the MBTA around areas like procurement, financial planning and customer service that warrant serious attention. However, the Governor’s bill is ignoring some of the key information we need to understand if we want to build a thriving public transportation system.  

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

AMTRAK DERAILMENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO FUND RAIL AND TRANSIT AS HOUSE VOTES TO CUT $260 MILLION IN AMTRAK BUDGET

While it’s unclear whether the Amtrak derailment on Tuesday near Philadelphia was directly the result of inadequate maintenance and repair, the tragedy highlights the need for Congress to adequately fund transit infrastructure, repair and maintenance. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Who Pays For Roads?

Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all tax- payers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers.

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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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Reining in Wall Street

On July 21, 2010, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Senator Scott Brown voted in favor of reform after MASSPIRG presented him with a new ride to replace his iconic, old pick up truck.  A BMW is more befitting of a man with close ties to Wall Street. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown voted for Financial Reform.

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Expanding Public Transportation

Fewer cars will clog Boston’s highways thanks to an upcoming five-mile extension of the Green Line. Our research and advocacy helped build support for the project. We also helped convince state leaders to begin study on four additional major rail expansions.

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Result | Health Care

Ending Big Pharma’s Giveaways To Doctors

Drugmakers can no longer shower doctors with free gifts, meals and trips to boost the sales of prescription drugs. That’s because we persuaded Beacon Hill leaders to crack down on Pharma’s “direct-to-doctor” marketing practices, which contribute to the spiraling cost of prescriptions.

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Keeping Dangerous Toys Off Store Shelves

Toxic chemicals, including lead and hormone-disrupting phthalates, are now banned in toys, thanks to a law we worked alongside our delegation to help pass in Congress. The same law requires regulators to test toys and infant products for safety before they hit store shelves.

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Result | Public Health

KIDS’ SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER

For years, America’s schoolchildren have been eating beef, chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains. Thanks in part to our advocacy, the U.S.D.A. has stopped buying such low-quality meat for school lunches.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Who Pays For Roads?

Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all tax- payers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Tax

Picking Up the Tab 2015

Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their federal and state income tax liabilities by billions of dollars. While tax haven abusers benefit from America’s markets, public infrastructure, educated workforce, security and rule of law – all supported in one way or another by tax dollars – they continue to avoid paying for these benefits. 

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Report | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Budget, Tax

Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

Every year, state governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are spent as well as possible.

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Report | MASSPIRG

MASSPIRG's 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda

Each legislative session, we choose several bills that represent public interest reforms and we work with the chief sponsors and cosponsors to promote them. These are selected state and federal priorities from our legislative agenda for the 2015-16 session.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Keeping On Track

Keeping on Track provides you with updated information about the financial state of the Commonwealth's transportation system, completed statutory requirements, missed deadlines, and improvements made through new transportation investments.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Food

Who Flipped the Antibiotics Script | Deirdre Cummings

The "cold-blooded capitalists" have made strides for public health, while the "heavy-handed government" sit on those hands. Consumer power is changing the antibiotics script.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Democracy

MASSPIRG Legislative Director Deidre Cummings' Testimony in support of improving access to public records | Deirdre Cummings

 

Transparency in government is the cornerstone to a strong democracy. Government transparency checks corruption, promotes fiscal responsibility and efficiency, and allows for greater, more meaningful participation in our democratic system.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Public Health

Closer to Our Customers | Deirdre Cummings

Steve Easterbrook, the President and CEO of McDonald's, last week put out a 23 minute video talking about changes afoot with the fast food giant. He bluntly said, "Our recent performance has been poor." 

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Transportation

The Facts We Need to Build a Thriving Transportation System | Kirstie Pecci

The Governor and his Special Panel have identified a number of reforms to the MBTA around areas like procurement, financial planning and customer service that warrant serious attention. However, the Governor’s bill is ignoring some of the key information we need to understand if we want to build a thriving public transportation system.  

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Democracy

Statement of Deirdre Cummings, MASSPIRG Legislative Director, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Supreme Court v. McCutcheon decision | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG calls on President Obama to issue an executive order requiring disclosure of election contributions made by federal contractors.

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The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening these lifesaving medicines. Call on big restaurants to do their part and stop buying meat raised with critical antibiotics.

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