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Report | Budget, Food

Apples to Twinkies

As nutritionists and researchers tell us to cut down on junk food, federal agricultural policy is busily making the problem worse.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Food, Tax

Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece

A new report highlights how federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Unlikely Allies Uncover $1 Trillion in Savings for Super Committee

As the Congressional “Super Committee” begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, a new study released today by MASSPIRG’s national affiliate, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) provides the panel with more than $1 trillion of spending cuts with appeal from across the political spectrum.

Toward Common Ground

This report documents the joint findings of the National Taxpayers Union and U.S. PIRG, identifying mutually acceptable deficit reductions.

The Prescription Drug and Medical Device Ban is an important consumer protection law aimed at driving down our highest-in-the-nation, spiraling health care costs by reining in the drug and medical device industries’ aggressive marketing tactics. Among other things, the law bans gifts and/or payments of more than $50, including restaurant meals and entertainment, to physicians and other prescribers, from drug and medical device companies.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Effort to Close Tax Breaks for Big Oil Fails in US Senate

U.S. Senate votes down S.B. 940 known as the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act on May 17, 2011.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

House Approves Tax Subsidy Transparency and Accountability Reform

In the first day of the FY2012 state budget debate, the House adopted reforms to improve the transparency and accountability of tax subsidies.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Off-Shore Tax Havens Cost MA Taxpayers $608 a Year

Major corporations avoid a total of as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” their US profits. Massachusetts taxpayers are left footing the bill.

Tax Shell Game

National elected leaders have recently proposed a range of spending cuts. The vast majority of these cuts come from programs widely viewed as providing broad public benefits or serving national priorities, including programs providing access to higher education, food safety, product safety, clean air and drinking water, and financial sector oversight to protect consumers and avoid future bank bailouts. In addressing the deficit, our leaders should examine all areas of spending where programs do not deliver benefits to the public. Our leaders should also address spending that takes place through tax code exemptions and through the appropriations process. These expenditures have the same impact on the national deficit as direct spending, and they should also be transparent, accountable and serve the public.

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