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  • Un-Fare Hikes | MASSPIRG Students
    staff reductions scheduling and assignment changes have produced substantial savings to the Authority Savings over seven years total 90 3 million Reduced overtime spending over the last five years has fallen to 30 9 million in FY 2011 It also claims that collective bargaining wages did rise during that time although amount of rise is unspecified The State House News Service reported on Jan 31 2012 that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Richard Davey in which Menino said I am eager to work with you Governor Patrick and the legislature to identify solutions that will address the long term fiscal deficit at the MBTA We are in desperate need of a dedicated revenue source and immediate action is needed to identify sustainable funding for the MBTA The News Service also reported that There s no momentum currently on Beacon Hill behind any alternative to the fare hikes and Governor Patrick while acknowledging the need for a broader transportation financing plan has not offered one How did the MBTA end up in so much debt In 2000 in an effort to bring the MBTA s mounting debt under control the state legislature passed the Forward Funding Act by which the T inherited 3 6 billion in outstanding transit debt from the state Moreover the Forward Funding Act dedicated 20 percent of the state s sales tax revenue to the MBTA At the time the Act was passed legislators expected sales tax revenue to grow by 3 percent annually according to a Feb 2011 article published by Boston Magazine com However the sales tax revenue only increased one percent per year since 2000 The plan did not account for rising costs in fuel and energy Almost fifty percent of the MBTA s operating budget comes from sales

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  • Plastic Bags Threaten SouthCoast Waters | MASSPIRG Students
    with other plastic debris create large plastic garbage patches These patches harm marine wildlife upset the ocean ecosystem and threaten commercial fishing Don t underestimate the problem either we use 3 million single use plastic bags every day in Massachusetts alone and fewer than 6 percent are recycled We the citizens of the Bay State cannot stand by as our waters become polluted and toxic That is why groups like MASSPIRG at UMass Dartmouth are calling for simple but effective steps to cut plastic pollution We urge New Bedford Dartmouth and other SouthCoast towns to consider resolutions to ban single use non biodegradable plastic bags We need a less use less waste approach that emphasizes a permanent solution to protecting our waters By banning single use plastic bags and shifting to biodegradable and reusable alternatives we can make that vision a reality From Mexico to Massachusetts the solution is simple ban the bag Andrew White Dartmouth MASSPIRG member Related Chapter UMass Dartmouth 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 Media Hits by Campaign Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks

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  • Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs | MASSPIRG Students
    typically own the rights to content they produce while the alternative materials often called open textbooks or open educational resources are published under a license that allows the public to access them for free online Typically a print version can be purchased for a relatively small fee Students already are gravitating toward cheaper options including renting or buying used books Those attending four year colleges spent on average 598 in 2010 11 down from 677 in 2008 09 according to national surveys by market research firm Student Monitor More than 40 said they didn t purchase all required books primarily because they couldn t afford them Commercial publishers also are producing lower cost versions Cengage s 4LTR Press which combines print and online content saved students 50 million over the past three years says the Association of American Publishers Several universities including Cornell and University of California Berkeley are cutting deals with publishers to charge students a lower price for an e textbook this semester than what they would have paid on their own The publishers group also argues that their members offer higher quality If you ignore what works in favor of a movement to give something away that may not work then you ve done more damage than good spokesman Bruce Hildebrand says But advocates of open textbooks say the growing array of options are getting better There is so much going on right now says Nicole Allen who directs a textbook campaign for U S PIRG a national public interest advocacy group We re starting to see states and institutions stepping up and actually investing in a solution which I think is a really really promising sign About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of

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  • The Bigger Better Bottle Bill! | MASSPIRG Students
    stalled in the legislature for the past decade so we re taking the issue to the people This fall MASSPIRG students will be responsible for generating over 30 000 citizen signatures a critical cornerstone to the statewide effort to collect 100 000 petitions and qualify for the 2014 ballot This will be the biggest student run field operation in the state so join our campaign now and help make history 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 Blog Posts by Campaign Make Textbooks

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  • A Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    re taking this issue to the people This fall we re collecting 100 000 citizen petition signatures across the state to qualify for the 2014 ballot It will be one of the largest student led political operations in the state this year I m so excited to help make history this fall Waste North Shore Community College 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 Blog Posts by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New

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  • The Bigger Better Bottle Bill- A Common Sense Solution | MASSPIRG Students
    2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the original Bottle Bill back in the 80s and we can do it again Come join MASSPIRG at UMass Boston and together we will collect 3 000 petition signatures raise awareness about the need for the Bigger Better Bottle Bill and give the public the choice to increase recycling in Massachusetts UMass Boston 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 Blog

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  • The Bigger Better Bottle Bill- A Common Sense Solution | MASSPIRG Students
    2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the original Bottle Bill back in the 80s and we can do it again Come join MASSPIRG at UMass Boston and together we will collect 3 000 petition signatures raise awareness about the need for the Bigger Better Bottle Bill and give the public the choice to increase recycling in Massachusetts UMass Boston 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 Blog

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  • Hundreds of Mass. Businesses Support Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    towns and cutting into the hundreds of millions of plastic bottles that are discarded every year The state s current law they note was passed in the early 1980s and applied only to carbonated beverages Since then supporters note flavored waters and sports drinks have proliferated without a corresponding change in the law Opponents of the effort compare the deposit to a tax increase argue that it will overwhelm businesses that can t afford to collect recyclable bottles and will promote fraud from people who bring in bottles from out of state Some opponents have called for increased education about the benefits of recycling and investment in curbside recycling programs Gov Deval Patrick proposed updating the bottle bill to help balance a 32 3 billion budget he filed last month but House Speaker Robert DeLeo s insistence that the House s initial budget plan be balanced without new taxes or fees appears to have put the brakes on the governor s plan once again However supporters have said they re confident they have the votes to pass the proposal if it comes to a roll call vote in the House and Senate Backers dropped a plan to take their effort directly to voters contending they d prefer to go through the Legislature 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

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