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Collins, Ayotte stand in way of new consumer protection bureau

KUDOS TO Senator Elizabeth Warren for coming out swinging against the big banks at her first Senate Banking Committee hearing, urging regulators to finally hold the banks accountable and leading the fight to defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Consumers Stuck without Stickers | Deirdre Cummings

A new law lets supermarkets dump price stickers. Among many suggestions, MASSPIRG calls for 21st century complaint process--allowing shoppers to file complaints at the register or price scanner with their smart phone.

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Blog Post | Budget, Tax

New Legislation to Close Off Shore Tax Haven Loopholes - Will Save Taxpayers $200 Million | Deirdre Cummings

New bill filed in Washington to close off shore tax haven loopholes. 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

SENATORS HOLD CFPB DIRECTOR HOSTAGE, ROIL MARKETS | Deirdre Cummings

On Friday, most Senate Republicans again sent the President a letter saying they would not confirm Richard Cordray to a full term as CFPB director unless the agency's powers and independence were first gutted. Their intransigence contributes to market uncertainty that ignores at least three things: The CFPB is here to stay; the public wants the CFPB; and, banks lose to payday lenders if the director is not confirmed.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Offshore Tax Dodging Blows a $1.6 Billion Hole in Massachusetts Budget

With Massachusetts in the midst of a budget crisis, MASSPIRG, joined by business leaders and elected officials, released a new study revealing that Massachusetts lost $1.6 billion due to offshore tax dodging in 2012. Many of America’s wealthiest individuals and largest corporations, including Wells Fargo, Citigroup, McDonalds, Target, Costco, Exxon Mobil, Intel, and Coca-Cola, and Sears  use tax loopholes to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens, where they pay little to no taxes.

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Shoppers want to Stick with Price Stickers

If supermarkets and some big box retailers like BJ's Wholesale Club get their way on Beacon Hill, shoppers may soon have to play "Guess the Price" in the food aisle.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Higher Ed

Banks Skim Millions in Fees off of the Backs of Students

“Campus debit cards are wolves in sheep’s clothing,” observed MASSPIRG Staff Attorney Lizzi Weyant. “Students think they can freely access their money, but instead their aid is being eaten up by bank fees. It’s outrageous.”

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News Release | MASSPIRG and the Massachusetts Sierra Club | Solid Waste

It's time to bring the Bottle Bill Update to the floor for a vote

Big business has been using their influence to "bottle up" the bottle bill update for 14 years. Despite overwhelming support for the update by the public (77% support an update according a poll by Mass Inc), Gov. Deval Patrick, and a majority of state legislators, the bill is still stalled.

It's time to bring the Bottle Bill Update to the floor for a vote.

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Stick to Stickers

Shoppers need more and clearer price information, not less. The bill gutting the price sticker law, passed in the House last week in an informal legislative session with no recorded roll call vote, is a pro-big-business, anti-consumer bill. Let’s hope the Senate will stand up for consumers.

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Utility Power Outages on the Rise

Cummings, Legislative Director for MASSPIRG, pins the lack of in-depth analysis on the move to deregulate the power industry in Massachusetts more than a decade ago. “If we keep going on this path, we will have more weeks out of the year where we don’t have power and consumers will end up paying more,” she said

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