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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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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

Boston Herald - Tug of war over TJX

Under a proposed 20-year agreement that would give TJX a big break on property taxes, the off-price retailer would move 1,600 employees from offices at 500 Old Connecticut Path in Framingham and Westboro to two buildings it plans to buy at 300 and 400 Puritan Way in Marlboro.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Amendment Passes to Crack Down on Offshore Tax Cheats

Statement of MASSPIRG’s Deirdre Cummings on the passage of the U.S. Senate Amendment 1818, introduced by Senators Levin, Conrad, and Whitehouse to the Transportation Bill.

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Boston Globe - Profits up at Mass. health insurers

Capitalizing on fewer people seeking medical care and submitting claims, the state’s four biggest commercial health insurers posted sharply higher earnings for 2011 while their executives collected more pay, according to reports released yesterday.

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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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