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Statement of Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director of MASSPIRG
"Big banks have always had a history of raising fees, making it harder to avoid fees, and inventing new fees. The difference now being that after Bank of America’s $5 debit card fee debacle, banks have realized that rather than just simply slapping consumers in the face, new fees need to offer new value. Consumers now understand that they have choices and that they can vote with their feet. Until all the speculated fees roll out we won't know whether there are more slaps in the face or if there is some added value. Consumers need to continue shopping and voting with their feet--often community banks and credit unions offer a good alternative to fees charged by the large banks."
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- Transparency is fundamental to a thriving, participatory democracy.
- Returning our democracy to the principle of "one person, one vote."
- Looking out for consumers, from bank fees to toxic toys.
- Working to shut down Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
- Holding Wall Street accountable for their bad behavior.
- Working to keep our lifesaving antibiotics effective.
- Updating our state’s most effective recycling program.
- Reducing, reusing and recycling our way to zero waste.
- Making corporations pay the taxes they owe.
- Highlighting the benefits of early voting, and encouraging state and municipal governments to implement them effectively.
We're teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics.
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