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MASSPIRG Legislative Director Deirdre 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 | Solid Waste

Broad Coalition Calls For Passage of the Updated Bottle Bill

MASSPIRG testifies before the State House Joint Committee on Telecom, Utilities and Energy and urges them to pass the Updated Bottle Bill.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About

New report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state. Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks, according to a new report from the MASSPIRG Education Fund.

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Bank provides college ID that doubles as ATM card

Colleges adopt new trend in banking, letting banks run student ID service. MASSPIRG urges caution.  

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

New Report Shows Bay Staters Are Driving Less

Bay Staters have cut their per-person driving miles by 4.03% percent since 2004, mirroring similar reductions in 45 other states. The Commonwealth’s and nation’s long term driving booms appear to have ended, according to a new report from the MASSPIRG Education Fund.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

5th Anniversary of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: Five Safety Breakthroughs in Five Years

In the five years since CPSIA was passed, there have been five significant safety breakthroughs for consumers.

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Trouble In Toyland

Toys are safer than ever before, thanks to decades of work by product safety advocates and parents and the leadership of Congress, state legislatures and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nevertheless, as parents venture into crowded malls this holiday season, they should remain vigilant about often hidden hazards posed by toys on store shelves.

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Student Debt and Consumer Costs

Higher education in America continues to be critical for both individual success and the economic and political health of our country. While college attendance has grown over the past two decades, state appropriations and federal aid have failed to keep pace with the rising cost of college.

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Report | Health Care

Paying the Price

Millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans struggle to afford the medicines they need, even forgoing medically necessary drugs when prices are out of reach. When discussing the high cost of prescription drugs, politicians often focus on the financial burden carried by senior citizens.

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2006 Congressional Score Card

The 2006 Scorecard looks at the most important public interest votes taken between February 9, 2005 and February 1, 2006 in the U.S. Congress. These votes determined the direction of federal policy on critical issues ranging from environmental preservation to health care to consumer protections.

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Paying Back, Not Giving Back

American colleges and universities play a pivotal role in training the nation's citizens, leaders, innovators, public servants and educators. In today's economy, a college education is more desirable than ever before - millions of high school students strive for its promise and the benefits it brings for both the individual and society.

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Blog Post | Democracy

Testimony: Act Improving the Laws Relating to Ethics and Lobbying | Deirdre Cummings

"Recommendation: I suggest that you include language to require, as part of the reforms, a fully transparenct state budget as laid out in a bill just filed in both the House and Senate entitled, An Act Relative to Transparency in State Revenues and Expenditures."

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Blog Post | Budget

Testimony urging inclusion of budget transparency recommendations on ethics reforms | Deirdre Cummings

"I am here today to urge you to include transparency – in particular – budget transparency, in this committees recommendations on ethics reforms..."

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

TESTIMONY On Automobile Reinsurers Rules | Deirdre Cummings

 Stephen D'Amato testifies in the Hearing on Emergency Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers Rules

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Testimony in Favor of An Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Health Care. | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG strongly supports measures to lower the cost of health care by lowering prescription drug costs, as reflected in S. 2526, 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Testimony Against Against H.1323/S. 867Against H.1323/S. 867 | Deirdre Cummings

H.1323/S. 867, like the pre-1979 consumer protection act itself, incorrectly assumes that if there is no money lost, there is no injury.  The fact is many consumer wrongs do not result in monetary losses.

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