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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

True Amount of BP Settlement Will Depend on Hidden Tax Giveaways

BP agreed today to a $4.5 billion settlement to resolve felony and misdemeanor charges related to the gulf oil spill, but taxpayers may end up indirectly covering up to 35 percent of the amount if the company is allowed to take the amount as a tax write off.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

New Survey Shows Free Checking Widely Available At Small Banks But Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

Boston, November 15– A new consumer survey finds big banks charging more than smaller banks and credit unions, in addition to other findings.

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Report | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Big Banks Bigger Fees, 2012

 

A new survey shows free checking widely available at small banks but banks still hiding fees from consumers.



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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

On-Line Retail Tax Subsidy

Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, told Tax Analysts on November 13 that the rationale for such favorable tax treatment no longer applies.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Youth activism still very much in evidence

Youth activism is alive and well, kicking and voting.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Youth Want More Transportation Options

A new report released today by MASSPIRG Education Fund demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of the last decade. It outlines how young people are increasingly disinterested in driving and prefer transportation alternatives.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

A 23% Fare Hike Isn’t the Answer

Statement of MASSPIRG Staff Attorney Lizzi Weyant on the MBTA Board of Directors vote, approving a 23% fare hike on the T

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News Release | MASSPIRG and Demos | Health Care

New Report Highlights the Painful Impact of Federal “Regulatory Reform” Proposals

A new report finds that Massachusetts’ lives, health and livelihoods would be at risk if so-called “regulatory reform” proposals in Congress were to become law, slowing or stopping the regulatory process. The report details the number of Baystaters harmed in just a one-year delay in the upcoming rulemaking process for two critical consumer protection laws: the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) higher standard in limiting soot in the air, and the Food and Drug Administrations’ new rules for the safe handling of produce.

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News Release | T4MA | Transportation

MBTA proposals don’t solve the problem

Statement of MASSPIRG Staff Attorney, Lizzi Weyant, on the MBTA’s new recommendations for closing its FY13 budget gap.

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Media Hit | Tax

Boston Globe - State tax code reforms are long overdue

Legislative Director, Deirdre Cummings, responds to “Panel to urge fewer tax breaks’’ as it perfectly illustrates the need for significant reform in the state tax code.

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