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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

First Step to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff: Close Offshore Tax Loopholes

With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit, MASSPIRG joined with business, legislative and community leaders today to point out a clear first step to avoid the “fiscal cliff”: closing offshore tax loopholes. Many of America’s largest corporations and wealthiest individuals use accounting gimmicks to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens, where they pay little to no taxes.  This kind of tax avoidance costs the federal government $150 billion in tax revenue each year.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will get seat on Senate Banking Committee

Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for MASSPIRG, a consumer advocacy group, said the appointment will be “good news for consumers.” “She has a demonstrated track record of standing up for the average consumer and working to ensure that they have some financial security, that they have an understanding of the financial products,” Cummings said.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Warren Already at the Center of a D.C. Battle

“The companies responsible for the 2008 financial collapse — the Wall Street banks, the Chamber of Commerce and others — are trying to keep one of the architects of Wall Street reform off the Senate Banking Committee,” said Ed Mierzwinski, a consumer advocate in the national office of MASSPIRG.

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Blog Post | Health Care

DPH Gives Green Light to Big Pharma’s Wining and Dining | Deirdre Cummings

Regulators move will re-open door to drug companies' expensive and biased marketing schemes.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s, MASSPIRG 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Bottle Bill Vote High Priority for Local Municipalities

On Thursday, April 5, the town of Falmouth became the 208th municipality in Massachusetts to pass a resolution endorsing the Updated Bottle Bill (HB890/SB1650). Frustration with the Legislature, which has been sitting on this bill for over a decade, is mounting, and municipal actions like this are aimed at prompting legislative action.

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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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