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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Blog Post New Report Shows Bay Staters Are Driving Less Full Report Middlesex Community College Full Report for the MASSPIRG Transit Moving off the Road Check it out by clicking the link here http masspirgedfund org reports maf moving road Keep Reading Blog Post New Report Shows Bay Staters Are Driving Less Full Report Middlesex Community College Full Report for the MASSPIRG Transit Moving off the Road Check it out by clicking the link here http masspirgedfund org reports maf moving road Keep Reading Blog Post Transit New Report Shows Bay Staters Are Driving Less Bay Staters Driving Is Down 4 03 Percent Ahead of National Trend North Shore Community College Boston MA Bay Staters have cut their per person driving miles by 4 03 percent since 2004 mirroring similar reductions in 45 other states The Commonwealth s and nation s long term driving booms appear to have ended according to a new report from the MASSPIRG Education Fund Massachusetts has lower than average levels of driving per capita than the nation In 2011 residents of Massachusetts drove an average of 8 318 miles per capita each on average while nationally the average per capita driving was 9 455 miles Keep Reading Blog Post Transit U S

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Blog Post Update the Bottle Bill UMass Dartmouth Every year we throw away 1 billion beverage containers enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers These containers are buried in landfills or burned in incinerators which is wasteful polluting and expensive Keep Reading Blog Post Sustainability Waste This Semester s Top Campaign The Bigger Better Bottle Bill Westfield State University Every year in Massachusetts we throw away over one billion beverage containers enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators which is polluting wasteful and expensive Keep Reading Blog Post Sustainability Waste This Semester s Top Campaign The Bigger Better Bottle Bill Westfield State University Every year in Massachusetts we throw away over one billion beverage containers enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators which is polluting wasteful and expensive Keep Reading Blog Post Middlesex Bigger Better Bottle Bill Middlesex Community College Massachusetts has one of the most effective recycling programs in the country but it doesnt go far enough The current Bottle Bill the 5 cent deposit on beer and soda bottles doesnt cover water juice or sports drinks Eighty percent of the bottles with the five cent deposit are recycled or redeemed whereas only 20 without the deposit are recycled

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Blog Post Sustainability Waste This Semester s Top Campaign The Bigger Better Bottle Bill Westfield State University Every year in Massachusetts we throw away over one billion beverage containers enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers These bottles get buried in landfills or burned in incinerators which is polluting wasteful and expensive Keep Reading Blog Post The Bigger Better Bottle Bill Fitchburg State University Every year we throw away over 1 billion beverage containers in Massachusetts enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers MASSPIRG s lead campaign this semester is to reduce this unnecessary waste and increase recycling which we plan to do by updating the most effective recycling program in the state the five cent deposit on beer and soda bottles the Bottle Bill Over 80 of beverage containers with a deposit are redeemed or recycled while 80 of non deposit containers become litter or trash Keep Reading Blog Post Waste A Bigger Better Bottle Bill North Shore Community College Every year we throw away 1 billion beverage containers that s enough to fill Fenway Park past the bleachers But we have one of the most effective recycling programs in the country the Bottle Bill the 5 cent deposit on beer and soda bottles Unfortunately it doesn t include water juice and sports drinks so MASSPIRG is working to pass a Bigger Better Bottle Bill that includes these containers Big business and liquor lobbyists have blocked this pro recycling bill in the legislature for the past decade We can t wait any longer so we re taking this issue to the people Keep Reading Blog Post The Bigger Better Bottle Bill A Common Sense Solution UMass Boston Massachusetts has one of

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Report Textbooks Required Reading Over the last three years research conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Groups PIRGs and others have shown that textbooks are a growing cost of going to college These studies also have found that the textbook industry is using a host of practices that drive up the price of college textbooks In the fall of 2006 we interviewed faculty members walked through bookstores and interviewed bookstore staff to uncover textbooks that reveal six types of textbook industry gimmicks October 2006 Keep Reading Report Textbooks Exposing the Textbook Industry Today s college students are under enormous financial pressure The gap between tuition and fees and financial aid leaves many students working long hours through college struggling to make ends meet and graduating with large debts The high cost of textbooks is yet another financial burden MASSPIRG conducted a survey of 287 professors from a variety of disciplines at Massachusetts colleges and universities over the fall semester of 2006 to get their views on textbook industry practices that drive up prices February 2007 Keep Reading Report Textbooks Limited Knowledge The future of academic research is in peril University budgets are decreasing while the cost of academic journals is skyrocketing As a result universities are unable to purchase vital journal subscriptions that help boost the quality and success of

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics Updates | MASSPIRG Students
    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 MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections

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  • New Voters Project | MASSPIRG Students
    due to the work of New Voters Project and that of the larger youth vote movement the youth vote is on the rise But we can t stop here Every year 4 million people in America turn 18 and are able to vote But last election only one in three young people did So in the months leading up to November s election thousands of student volunteers with MASSPIRGs New Voters Project will reach out to their peers on college campuses across the country to register them to vote and turn them out on Election Day Background Successes 2004 Young voter turnout surged 9 an increase three times that of the general population 2006 The youth vote increased again growing by 2 million votes 2008 The number of voters under 30 who showed up at the polls increased by approximately 11 while the number of older voters who cast a ballot increased by only 3 percent 2012 Voters from ages 18 29 represented 19 of all those who voted That s an increase of one percentage point from 2008 A major reason for this increased turnout is that politicians are paying more attention to young people If politicians ramp up their efforts to engage young people directly on issues important to us and talk to us as much as they do to older voters then young people will continue to turn out in bigger numbers ensuring a stronger democracy in the United States We have big plans for the 2016 elections and we re building our base of supporters to make sure we can register over a quarter of a million young people across the state of MA Click here to find your polling place in MA Issue updates Media Hit New Voters Project MASSPIRG new voters project University of Massachusetts students looking to step up to the ballot box for the first time will have the help of MASSPIRG s New Voters Project Keep Reading Blog Post Democracy New Voters Project Volunteer Register Voters at Concerts this Summer MASSPIRG Students This summer we re running voter registration drives at concerts and music festivals across Massachusetts and we d love your help Let us know if you want to volunteer sign up here We ve teamed up with some great artists like My Morning Jacket Phish Wilco Dave Mathews Band Neko Case The Roots and more It should be a ton of fun MASSPIRGs New Voters Project is a non partisan campaign to mobilize young voters and turn them out to the polls Keep Reading Resource Democracy New Voters Project Voter Protection Toolkit Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize a voter protection campaign on your campus Keep Reading Report Democracy New Voters Project Saving Dollars Saving Democracy Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization Millions are being wasted due to antiquated voter registration systems and procedures U S PIRG Education Fund s survey of 100 counties showed that over 33 467

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  • Voter Protection Toolkit | MASSPIRG Students
    many of whom now run some of the nation s leading political organizations Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize a voter protection campaign on your campus Resource file download Download the 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 Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support

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  • Saving Dollars, Saving Democracy - Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization | MASSPIRG Students
    registration occurred both as a result of extraordinary registration efforts by partisan campaigns independent expenditure groups and non partisan organizations and because of the diligence of local officials in data entering their information While there is much to celebrate in the expanded participation of traditionally underrepresented groups for example 3 4 million more young voters than the previous election it is also important to recognize the enormous obstacles and cost inefficiencies that occur in our current registration system U S PIRG Education Fund s survey of 100 counties showed that over 33 467 910 00 of public money was spent on simple registration implementation and error correction issues in 2008 That boils down to more than 86 977 00 of the elections budgets in counties with populations under 50 000 The average office in counties with 50 000 to 200 000 people spent 248 091 00 The average county elections office in jurisdictions of 200 000 to around one million people spent 1 079 610 00 Recommendation U S PIRG Education Fund finds that a more streamlined and automatic system linking existing databases with the state voter rolls could free up significant resources at the local level Thanks to the Help America Vote Act we have already seen technological change in the initial creation of the mandated state database voter rolls By creating a more automatic system the majority of the cost burden currently facing election officials due to registration could be eliminated Related issues New Voters Project 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

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