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Holiday shoppers being enticed with layaways

 

Consumer watchdogs say layaway is generally a good deal, especially if the stores do not tack on any additional fees. They’re a good alternative to customers racking up charges on high-interest credit cards, said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for MassPIRG.

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REPORT CLAIMS "BROKEN" FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM

Food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Total Food Recall

Boston, October 24 – Despite government commitments to address the problem, food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken, according to a new report by MASSPIRG.  In just the last 21 months here in Massachusetts, 48 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls, costing the state $532 thousand.

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Report | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Total Food Recall

No Progress in Reducing Foodborne Illness

Over the past few years, Americans have grown accustomed to seeing headlines about tainted food being recalled and pulled off of store shelves.  These high-profile recalls leave many Americans wondering whether enough is being done to reduce the risk of contaminated food and foodborne illness. 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

The CFPB is now taking your credit bureau complaints | Deirdre Cummings

Excellent news! The CFPB is now taking your complaints about credit bureaus and credit reports.

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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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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Democracy, Tax

Thirty Companies Contribute $41 Million to 524 Members of Congress, Receive $10.6 Billion in Tax Rebates

A new report released Wednesday, March 21st by MASSPIRG Education Fund and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) found that thirty tax dodging corporations have made campaign contributions to 524 (98%) sitting members of Congress, and disproportionately to the leadership of both parties and to key committee members

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Ryan Budget a Windfall for Special Interests, Devastating to Public Priorities

Statement of MASSPIRG Legislative Director on the Federal FY 2013 budget proposed by Chairman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) of the House Budget Committee.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Legislature Delays on Bottle Bill Again

While it may be the first day of spring on the calendar, the Legislature stopped the clock today when the massively popular Updated Bottle Bill was stalled once again. The Joint Committee on Telecom, Utilities and Energy, chaired by Rep. John Keenan of Salem and Sen. Ben Downing of Pittsfield,  ‘extended’ their review of the Bottle Bill until 6/15/12, almost one full year after the public hearing where it was considered, and  just weeks before the end of the session.  

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