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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Transparency In City Spending

New report reviews and grades the nation’s thirty largest cities including Boston on how effectively they allow the public to track budgets, contracting, subsidies, grants and requests for quality-of-life services.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Tax

Transparency In City Spending

The report reviews and grades the nation’s thirty largest cities including Boston on how effectively they allow the public to track city spending - including budgets, contracts, subsidies, and grants. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

MASSPIRG comments on Governor Patrick's “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan”

On January 14, MASSPIRG was invited to attend an event at U Mass Boston at which Governor Patrick unveiled a bold vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan” calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year on average for the next ten years and kicks off the long needed debate about our transportation system’s future.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election

“The first post-Citizens United presidential election confirmed our fears that the new unlimited-money regime allows well-heeled special interests and secret spenders to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” commented Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court case decided in 2010, held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. The report provides a detailed analysis of all federal election spending and fundraising by campaigns and Super PACs. The data uncovers the undue influence that large donors, business interests and secret spenders had in 2012.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

Billion Dollar Democracy

The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines.

Demos and U.S. PIRG analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Higher Ed

Students Give Scott Brown a Math Lesson

“Senator Scott Brown has expressed his commitment to affordable higher education. But on Tuesday he voted to block a Senate bill that would have extended existing student loan interest rates,” said Lizzi Weyant, staff attorney at MASSPIRG. “Bay State students can’t afford for him not to vote the right way.”

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

First-of-its-kind “Refrain From Political Spending” Resolution to Be Voted on at Bank of America Shareholder Meeting Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 9, shareholders at Bank of America will vote “yea” or “nay” on a first-of-its-kind “refrain from political spending” resolution.

“With this resolution, we are bidding to take back democracy from corporate special interests. Bank of America is the archetype of the reckless corporation, and we do not want them or any other corporate interest having unlimited power in our democracy,” said Janet Domenitz.

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Media Hit | Higher Ed

MASSPIRG on Student Loans

MASSPIRG is out with a release today stating that a potential increase in interest rates for federal student loans could cost Massachusetts students $160 million a year. According to MASSPIRG, the average student who takes out student loans graduates with over $25,000 in debt on those loans. On average, doubling the interest rate would add about $1,000 for every year a student takes out a loan, MASSPIRG stated.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Doubling Student Debt Rates to Cost Massachusetts Students $160 Million

Higher education advocates released new data today showing that an anticipated increase in the student loan interest rate would cost Massachusetts students $160 million per year. The increase would affect federally subsidized Stafford loans, which are provided to almost 7.5 million low and moderate income students nationwide each year. If Congress does nothing, then beginning on July 1st, the interest rate will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on new student loans.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Contrary to Media Buzz, Bottle Bill Still Alive

Contrary to some news reports about the Massachusetts House of Representatives budget deliberations yesterday, the Updated Bottle Bill WAS NOT voted down during the budget debate. But, this serves as an important reminder that the bill, H890/S1650, is pending in the Telecom Utilities and Energy (TUE) committee.

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