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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

MASSPIRG Statement on summary reversal in American Tradition Partnership vs. Bullock

Today the  Supreme Court passed on the opportunity to revisit its disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision which is wreaking havoc on democracy and it has done so in a way that avoids giving the American public a much deserved explanation.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Groups Oppose Price Sticker Elimination

Facing increasing pressure from retailers, the Senate today passed and sent to the Governor a bill (H.4089) that would allow supermarkets to stop putting prices on items, and instead install self-service price check scanners around the store.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Food

Senate vote on Farm Bill a disappointment

MASSPIRG  is disappointed in the Senate’s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill, which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag. The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the problem of wasteful agricultural subsidies, which have cost taxpayers $260 billion since 1995.  Instead, this bill recommits to taxpayer support for the largest agribusinesses. 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Financial Reform

Remove Barriers to Low Interest Rates

Congress has a rare bipartisan opportunity to put more money in Americans’ pockets, strengthen the housing market and boost the entire economy.

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News Release | Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill | Solid Waste

Back-room, closed-door maneuvers postpone action on Updated Bottle Bill

Despite a legislative committee’s vote to bury a proposal to update the state’s Bottle Bill, proponents pledged to continue their push for the bill’s passage before the end of the legislative session.

 “The idea of sending it to a ‘study’ is an insult to the public of Massachusetts,” said Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG. “The bill has been studied, restudied, and studied once again. Seventy-seven percent of the public supports it, a majority of legislators (105) are on record endorsing it, and 208 cities and towns have passed resolutions in favor of it. Burying this bill today shows how profoundly out of touch a few legislators on this one committee are with their constituents. There is no alternative, better way, nor substitute for the enormously successful deposit system.”

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

AG Coakley Announces Big Bank Foreclosure Suit

The reckless and predatory Wall Street practices collapsed our economy in 2008, causing trillions of dollars in lost savings, jobs and home ownership.  Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed suit against five national banks in connection with their roles in pursuing illegal foreclosures on properties in Massachusetts.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Applauds AG Coakley’s Announcement about Big Bank Foreclosure Suit

The lawsuit is yet another example of why we need swift confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Financial Reform

Insurers Barred from Using Credit Scores In Setting Auto Insurance Rates

MASSPIRG is continuing to  push for reforms prohibiting insurers from using other rating  factors not related to consumers’ driving record   including  type of employment,  and home ownership. 

 

 

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Shopping Tips, Mobile Website Can Help Parents Shop Safe

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to MASSPIRG’S 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Supercommittee Squanders Opportunity to Cut Waste

After the Congressional “Supercommittee” announced its failure to agree on at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, the MASSPIRG and National Taxpayers Union (NTU), who jointly authored a report on deficit reduction earlier this year, released the following joint statement.

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