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  • FSU students take aim at trash burning | MASSPIRG Students
    high heat microbes or chemicals to dissolve the trash Coletta said the state wants to try these alternatives but the moratorium designed for incinerators blocks these approaches as it is currently written The plan does not create any new rubbish dissolving plants but would allow a limited number to be approved They would have to go through local and state permitting processes and show a reduction in energy use and waste over incinerators The experiment would allow no more than 350 000 tons of waste to be disposed of this year which is half the annual disposable waste shortfall Even if we do all the recycling and all the reusing we still anticipate 700 000 tons of stuff that has no place to go said Coletta He said the master plan also includes ways of increasing composting and recycling That includes a requirement for large institutions like FSU to compost all their food waste Kirstie Pecci staff attorney for MassPIRG called the DEP s ongoing summary of the issue spin While her organization supports other approaches like anaerobic digestion method that uses microbes to break down trash she said the only information presented to their organization from the DEP concerns high heat methods Those methods bring the trash up to 5 000 degrees and burn the gas created for energy The point is that all the same problems exist said Pecci She said they still produce ash and pollution but it s hard to say if the pollution is better or worse than traditional incinerators as they create different levels of CO2 dioxin and ash She added that the high heat plants are considered incinerators by the U S Environmental Protection Agency At Thursday s press conference FSU sophomore P J Carmichael 20 said his family in Saugus was harmed

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/sp/fsu-students-take-aim-trash-burning (2016-04-29)
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  • States lose $40b in revenue to offshore tax havens, MASSPIRG study says | MASSPIRG Students
    Phineas Baxandallcq senior analyst for tax and budget policy at MASSPIRG We want to make sure that some of this low hanging fruit is part of the conversation The group is suggesting a number of remedies for the corporate tax dodge including taxing companies based on their level of activity in this country rather than allowing them to shift relevant profits to tax havens such as Bermuda or Ireland MASSPIRG which was expected to release the study Tuesday at a press conference in Charlestown also is recommending that states decouple their tax systems from the federal one That would mean companies that are allowed to shelter income from the IRS would still have to report profits to states where they do business The report s conclusions ways to collect more taxes appear to run counter to proposals floated last week by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce aimed at decreasing the tax burden for companies The Chamber did not address offshore tax loopholes however and officials there declined to comment on the MASSPIRG study The 40 billion that states allegedly lose to foreign tax breaks is roughly equal to total state and local spending on firefighters or parks and recreation the MASSPIRG report said Get two weeks of FREE unlimited access to BostonGlobe com No credit card required Beth Healy can be reached at bhealy globe com About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics

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  • UMass students jam Amherst precincts, many voting for first time | MASSPIRG Students
    to the polls at 11 a m He said MassPirg headquarters told him more students had voted by 3 p m Tuesday than they had four years ago It was Gravel s and Stanwicks first election I m really pumped Stanwicks said It feels really cool She and Gravel were supporting President Obama and she said that ballot questions were really important too She supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and the the death with dignity question She said her grandparents suffered It was horrible she said watching them die In the 38 years he has lived in Amherst Victor Guevara said he had never seen such a line to cast ballots It was a really tight election he said offering a plausible explanation Austin Dale of Wakefield and a UMass student said he had helped register students to vote and only about half seemed interested It was his first election as well I m thrilled he said to be voting I m excited for Elizabeth Warren And I m a big supporter of cannabis reform About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact

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  • TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY | MASSPIRG Students
    limit on what an individual can give to federal candidates parties and PACs in a two year election cycle That limit stood at 123 200 over twice the average household income in the U S In 2012 only 1 219 donors came within 10 of hitting the aggregate limit Research from U S PIRG and Demos projects that now that the aggregate limit has been struck down this same set of 1 219 donors will more triple their gifts to 459 3 million The Supreme Court has never before struck down a federal contribution limit maintaining that these limits are constitutional because they prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption The last thing we need right now is to increase the giving of the donors with the deepest pockets concluded PIRGer It s time to amend the Constitution to overturn the Court s wrong headed decisions permitting a handful of millionaires and corporate interests to dominate our elections Resources McCutcheon Money U S PIRG and Demos report projecting the impact of today s Supreme Court decision http www masspirgstudents org reports ma mccutcheon supreme court ruli MASSPIRG Students Standing up to powerful special interests Related Chapter UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth Westfield State University UMass Lowell Fitchburg State University Salem State University MASSPIRG at MCLA About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and

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  • McCutcheon Supreme Court Ruling - More big money in politics | MASSPIRG Students
    the appearance of corruption and circumvention of base contribution limits But the Roberts Court ruled to toss precedent aside to gut campaign finance laws yet again This report outlines what the practical effect could be given the Court s decision to strike a federal contribution limit for the first time Elizabeth Ridlington and Miles Unterreiner of Frontier Group and Robert Hiltonsmith of Demos helped with data analysis for this report About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Reports by Campaign New Voters Project

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/reports/ma/mccutcheon-supreme-court-ruling-more-big-money-politics (2016-04-29)
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  • Avoid the Debt Trap | MASSPIRG Students
    the right job or find a good place to live But it doesn t have to be that way By learning the basics and watching out for the most common ways banks and credit card companies rip off their customers students can have the tools and information necessary to protect their financial health now and for the future That s why MASSPIRG launched Avoid the Debt Trap a public education campaign to provide students with the tools to avoid misleading and predatory practices by financial institutions and provide them with the information they need to protect themselves Building on our 40 year history of campus engagement our campaign is reaching out through student volunteers and interns partnerships with campus groups faculty members and staff and through campus media We re connecting with students in person and through email texting Facebook and twitter About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Reports by Campaign New Voters Project Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/reports/ma/avoid-debt-trap (2016-04-29)
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  • A New Course | MASSPIRG Students
    at cost bike repairs and ample bike racks Building new biking and walking paths Universities invest in infrastructure like bike lanes and pedestrian underpasses under traffic heavy streets making it safer and more convenient to leave the car at home Ridesharing initiatives Colleges encourage carpooling with incentive programs and through partnerships with online ridesharing services that connect drivers with others who would like a ride in their car Some provide a guaranteed ride home whereby universities pick up the tab for a taxi should an emergency require the student or employee to leave campus suddenly making carpooling and other forms of ridesharing more attractive Carsharing programs Carsharing allows users to access cars located in their vicinity without having to bear the burden of owning one Universities offer discounted memberships in carsharing programs allowing students to make the most of transportation alternatives while maintaining access to a car when necessary Distance learning and online resources Some colleges are beginning to conceive of distance learning taking classes with at least some online component that limits the need for students to physically travel to campus as part of their parking and transportation strategy At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the university provides financial support to enable fare free transit service throughout the community Between 1997 and 2011 the proportion of students using transit to commute to campus more than doubled from 21 to 53 percent At the University of Wisconsin in Madison 22 percent of students currently bike to campus in good weather up eight percentage points since 2006 partly as a result of investments in on campus bike repair services subsidized membership in the city s bike share program and a plentiful and increasing supply of bike racks The University of Colorado Boulder has supported the build out of bicycle and pedestrian paths in Boulder including the city s 58 miles of paved pathways and 78 underpasses By 2012 roughly 60 percent of all trips made by students at CU Boulder were by bike or foot nearly nine percentage points more than in 1990 The University of California Davis encourages students and staff to share rides resulting in an increase in carpooling Among graduate students more likely than undergraduates to live at a driving distance from school carpooling to campus rose from 3 4 percent in the 2007 2008 academic year to 6 9 percent in 2011 2012 The policies adopted by colleges and universities to reduce driving have impacts that can be felt far beyond campus College transportation investments can expand transportation options for the entire community For example when schools invest in U Pass programs they supply a steady source of revenue to the local transit agency supporting better service for everyone University transportation plans provide a powerful example that can be followed by other institutions or cities or regions facing similar transportation challenges College students develop transportation habits that persist after graduation According to a May 2013 survey conducted by Zipcar approximately half 49 percent of

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/reports/ma/new-course (2016-04-29)
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  • MASSPIRG new voters project | MASSPIRG Students
    get students at least three credits for signing up Currently there are seven leaders for the project including coordinator Beth Ramey and 13 interns working to bring students into the voting system MASSPIRG has designated a point person to prevent invalid votes So far 40 invalid registrations have been discovered this year In class speakers for the New Voters Project also do their part by recruiting more volunteers and interns and registering students MASSPIRG has incorporated Dorm Storm in the project Dorm Storm is an organization working with MASSPIRG to increase student involvement in the election while covering more ground around campus The volunteers go door to door under the new solicitation policy for this year which dictates who is allowed to knock on doors and go into dorms Around 100 or more students register every week according to MASSPIRG Registration ends on Oct 17 MASSPIRG s efforts for the New Voters Project are similar to other student organizations such as the Center for Education Policy Advocacy the UMass Democrats and the UMass Republican Club Robson Miguel computer science major said he supports MASSPIRG s mission by encouraging other students to register to vote We should register because we re going to be the ones who are doing the changing the 19 year old sophomore said I think if we want change in this country then we should be registered Rachel Martin 21 is less keen on MASSPIRG s approach but agrees with its mission It s kind of annoying but it s also important to vote Martin said About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth

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