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  • Transit | MASSPIRG Students
    Report Transit Road Work Ahead To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Read more about Road Work Ahead Report Transit A Track Record of Success As America moves toward construction of new high speed rail networks in regions throughout the country we have much to learn from experiences abroad High speed rail lines have operated for more than 45 years in Japan and for three decades in Europe providing a wealth of information about what the United States can expect from high speed rail and how we can receive the greatest possible benefits from our investment Read more about A Track Record of Success News Release MASSPIRG Transit Common Connections MASSPIRG s report on transportation highlights college students and senior citizens shared needs for dependable public transit Read more about Common Connections Resource Transit 21st Century Transportation Project Packet Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the transit campaign on your campus this spring Keep Reading about 21st Century Transportation Project Packet Media Hit Transit Report is driving statewide public transportation advocacy The Worcester Telegram Gazette takes notice of our report on students and seniors dependence on transit Read more about Report is driving statewide public transportation advocacy Media Hit Transit Report Seniors students need better public transit system The New Bedford Standard Times covers the South Coast release of MASSPIRG s Common Connections transit report on students and seniors Read more about Report Seniors students need better public transit system Pages first previous

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  • A Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    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 Related topics Waste Update the Bottle Bill Friday August 30 2013 By UMass Dartmouth For the past ten years we have been pushing for an updated bottle bill in the legislature The updated bill will include water juice and sports drinks and get 1 billion beverage containers out of our landfills and incinerators every year However the bil has been blocked by special interest groups and liquor lobbyists We can t wait any longer so we are taking this to the ballot and let the people decide Read more about Update the Bottle Bill Pages 1 2 3 4 next last 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 Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases

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  • Waste | MASSPIRG Students
    been dealt another blow by the powerful committee in whose hands the measure s fate resides The bill which would update the decades old recycling program to require deposits on non carbonated beverages such as juices coffee beverages and bottled water has once again been sent out for further study by the Joint Committee on Telecom Utilities and Energy Read more about Fizz Ed Media Hit Waste After bottle bill defeat food groups back recycling effort BOSTON The food and beverage groups that lobbied to block an expanded bottle deposit law announced a new pro recycling initiative on Wednesday saying they would put 533 000 behind a two year pilot program Read more about After bottle bill defeat food groups back recycling effort Vote Yes for MASSPIRG Sunday April 8 2012 By Vote Yes Related topics Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Student Debt Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water Read more about Vote Yes for MASSPIRG Media Hit Waste Hundreds of Mass Businesses Support Bottle Bill Small business owners and the Update the Bottle Bill coalition announced that over 350 small businesses statewide have already endorsed the Updated Bottle Bill Read more about Hundreds of Mass Businesses Support Bottle Bill Updated Bottle Bill Campaign Announces Business Support Tuesday February 14 2012 By Samantha Gibb Organizing Director State House Boston In a move designed to counter the big business lobbyists who oppose the bill the Campaign for an Updated Bottle Bill today launched Businesses for the Updated Bottle Bill an effort which has already garnered the endorsement of 350 small businesses around the state Related topics Consumer Protection Waste Read more about Updated Bottle Bill Campaign Announces Business Support Slideshow Higher Ed Sustainability Waste Umass Amherst Spring 2012 Higher Ed

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  • Waste | MASSPIRG Students
    to update the Bottle Bill Waste Read more about Rep Wolf Adresses Bottle Bill Supporters at Statehouse Media Hit Waste MASSPIRG s Blitz Campaign Gains Support for Recycling Bill The Daily Collegian at UMass Amherst profiles MASSPIRG s on campus effort to build support for the Updated Bottle Bill Read more about MASSPIRG s Blitz Campaign Gains Support for Recycling Bill Media Hit Waste MASSPIRG Petitions to Update the Bottle Bill The UMass Dartmouth Torch covers Update the Bottle Bill petitioning by MASSPIRG chapter students Read more about MASSPIRG Petitions to Update the Bottle Bill Media Hit Waste Letter to the Editor Update the Bottle Bill James Bazinet from UMass Dartmouth encourages students to take action to update the Bottle Bill Read more about Letter to the Editor Update the Bottle Bill Media Hit Waste Last ditch effort to update the bottle bill The Lowell Sun covers our Trick or Treat Updated Bottle Bill event at the statehouse where we delivered over 15 000 petitions in favor of improving the state s most effective recycling program Read more about Last ditch effort to update the bottle bill Media Hit Waste VIDEO Deposits may be Added for Water Bottles WWLP covers our Halloween themed Update the Bottle Bill petition drop event at the statehouse Check out the video Read more about VIDEO Deposits may be Added for Water Bottles Media Hit Waste Unbottle the Bottle Bill MASSPIRG student Hannah Ramos urges Bay Staters to push their legislators to act on the Updated Bottle Bill Read more about Unbottle the Bottle Bill Pages first previous 1 2 3 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

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  • Bigger Better Bottle Bill Campaign | MASSPIRG Students
    largest student led political operations in the state this year I m so excited to help make history this fall Related topics Waste Bottle Bill goes on tour Tuesday December 3 2013 By UMass Dartmouth We did it Six weeks of hard work and 128 000 petition signatures later the coalition is putting the updated bottle bill on the ballot next year Read more about Bottle Bill goes on tour Pages 1 2 3 4 next last 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

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    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 Return of the Bottle Bill 2014 means Bigger and Better than Ever MASSPIRG Students Massachusetts has one of the most effective recycling programs in the country but it doesn t go far enough The current Bottle Bill the five cent deposit on beer and soda bottles doesn t 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 We know the deposit works But big business and liquor lobbyists have been blocking the updated Bottle Bill for over a decade we ve decided enough is enough so we re taking this issue to the people 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 doesn t go far enough The current Bottle Bill the five cent deposit on beer and soda bottles doesn t 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 We know the deposit works But big business and liquor lobbyists have been blocking the updated Bottle Bill for over a decade we ve decided enough is enough 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 the most effective recycling programs in the country but it doesn t go far enough The current Bottle Bill the five cent deposit on beer and soda bottles doesn t 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 We know the deposit works But big business and liquor lobbyists have been blocking the updated Bottle Bill

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems 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 The Bigger Better Bottle Bill UMass Boston Massachusetts has one of the most effective recycling programs in the country but it doesn t go far enough The current Bottle Bill the five cent deposit on beer and soda bottles doesn t 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 We know the deposit works But big business and liquor lobbyists have been blocking the updated Bottle Bill for over a decade we ve decided enough is enough so we re taking this issue to the people Keep Reading News Release Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL Today college students spoke out to urge Senators to reject the pending student loan deal which may come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this afternoon Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Textbooks College Textbooks Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall As

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    this across the finish line won t be easy but it s what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems 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 Resource Other Activist Toolkit Summary This Activist Toolkit provides any intern or volunteer with the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and service projects and win reforms both on and off campus for students and the public interest Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection States lose 40b in revenue to offshore tax havens MASSPIRG study says While the debate over offshore tax loopholes generally takes a national focus a consumer advocacy group is reporting that states lose nearly 40 billion a year in tax revenues to companies and wealthy people who shelter money abroad Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Toy Safety Tips Summary From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U S Public Interest Research Group survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when

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