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News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Leading consumer, health care and senior and community advocates strong opposition to regulations approved today by the Department of Public Health.

Drug companies are free to ply doctors with lavish multi-course meals and drinks, paid for by pharmaceutical industry marketing budgets, and ultimately tacked on to the price of prescriptions

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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

We Need A Win

By their very nature, anonymous shell corporations are a problem that remains under the radar. Anyone can easily set up an anonymous corporation, but Massachusetts, as well as Connecticut and Maine, are uniquely positioned to play a key role in shutting them down.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

It happened 4 years ago this weekend, and Congress has already forgottenDeirdre CummingsEd Mierzwinski

Four years ago, on September 14-15, 2008, the Lehman Brothers investment bank declared bankruptcy while Bank of America acquired another foundering investment bank, Merrill Lynch -- major events that froze the financial markets and led in a few days to a $700 billion bailout of the financial system. Just four years later, some in the Congress have forgotten that real people and the economy are still suffering from the financial collapse, as it steps up Wall Street-backed efforts to prevent regulators from protecting the public.

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Media Hit | Budget, Food, Tax

Farm Bill needs to Cut the Fat

Of the $277 billion spent on agricultural subsidies since 1995, 75 percent of the total went to just 3.8 percent of U.S. farmers, skewed towards the largest farms — not small family farms. Massachusetts consumers’ share of the cost for junk food subsidies is about $22.6 million each year on average, compared with just under $800,000 in subsidies for apples. That’s enough to buy 61 million Twinkies, but only 1.6 million apples.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Consumers Seeing Benefits of Credit CARD Act Protections | Deirdre Cummings

The MASSPIRG-backed Credit CARD Act improved consumer disclosures, protected college students and young people from unfair marketing and also banned the worst tricks used by credit card companies. In particular, it made it much harder to trick or force consumers into paying late fees, and so, as the story explains:
"Customers are also happier when it comes to both annual fees and penalty fees charged by credit card companies. When it comes to penalty fees, “One of the reasons the score is getting better is because fewer customers are having their late fees increased,” says Jim Miller, senior director of J.D. Power’s banking practice."

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Bank of America Tries New Fees Again

Statement of Deirdre Cummings

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

White House Plan to Close Special Interest Tax Loopholes Is the Right Approach to Reform, But Details Matter

Statement by Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director, MASSPIRG  in response to the White House announcement today proposing to eliminate tax loopholes and preferences. “The President has put forward the beginnings of a tax reform plan that takes the right approach, but is still missing critical details..."

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WCVB TV - You Could End Up Paying for Power Outages

If the state’s big power companies have their way, Bay State homeowners and businesses will be slammed with a $160 million record repair bill that comes with big questions about how the region’s utilities responded to massive power outages in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and a late October snowstorm.

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NECIR - Power Outages: Who Pays the Bill?

If the state’s big power companies have their way, Bay State homeowners and businesses will be slammed with a $160 million record repair bill that comes with big questions about how the region’s utilities responded to massive power outages in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and a late October snowstorm.

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Media Hit | Solid Waste

South Coast Today - Hundreds of Mass. businesses support bottle bill

Advocates for updating the state's bottle recycling law to add a 5-cent deposit to juices, sports drinks and waters trumpeted support this week from 352 businesses across Massachusetts, including about 50 establishments in Salem, where one of the key lawmakers vetting the proposal lives.

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