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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    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 MassBay Fall 2011 Accomplishments Thanks for being part of MASSPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success Check out some of our highlights from the year Keep Reading Add new comment Report Textbooks A Cover to Cover Solution The Student PIRGs conducted this study to evaluate options from the traditional textbook market rentals e books and e readers and open textbooks as potential next steps to reduce the high cost of textbooks The report finds that student preferences vary widely and that options like rentals and e books only appeal to a subset of students Open textbooks have the highest potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students Keep Reading News Release Textbooks New Laws Free Books and Textbook Rentals Could Help Curb Rising Costs This Fall BOSTON Mass August 26 2010 Students across the country are gearing up for sticker shock over textbook prices this semester The average student spends 900 per year on textbooks and new calculations by MASSPIRG Students show that costs have increased at an astounding rate textbook wholesale prices have risen more than four times the rate of

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  • Senators Block Bill to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling On July 1 | MASSPIRG Students
    future graduates and their families it is a top concern among students and has support from across the political spectrum The message to Congress is clear get it done There are any number of ways to pay for this important extension of low interest rates and we urge members to work together on behalf of the almost 7 5 million students facing increased debt to find a bipartisan solution Track the campaign on Twitter at DontDoubleMyRate 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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  • Students to Congress: Don’t Double Student Debt Rates | MASSPIRG Students
    when I graduate I am already worried about my ability pay my loans back adding several more thousand puts me further behind Samantha Durdock a sophomore at University of Maryland College Park currently has 8 000 in subsidized Stafford loans and expects to borrow another 15 000 Even though graduation is several years away I am worried about the amount of debt I will have I might not go to grad school as I have planned to avoid more debt If interest rates double the extra debt might also impact my ability to pay basic expenses like rent Subsidized Stafford loans are provided to almost 8 million low and moderate income students each year and do not accumulate interest while the borrower is in school If Congress does nothing this July 1st interest rates on these loans will double from 3 4 to 6 8 on new loans US Senator Reed D RI and Representative Courtney D CT authors of legislation to prevent interest rates from doubling addressed a large group of students before the letters were delivered MASSPIRG Students with Rebuild the Dream Campus Progress and the United States Student Association delivered 130 000 letters to House Speaker Boehner House minority leader Pelosi Senate Leader Reid and Senate minority leader McConnell Lawmakers can support the effort to keep interest rates from doubling by passing H R 3826 sponsored by Rep Courtney or S 2051 sponsored by Senator Reed President Obama has proposed a 1 year freeze on interest rates in his budget request to Congress a step in the right direction to make interest rates on student loans more responsive to trends in the economy About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community

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  • New Consumer Finance Chief Can Lower Student Debt | MASSPIRG Students
    marketplace and ultimately to drive down the cost of college said Rich Williams Higher Education Advocate for MASSPIRG Students We applaud President Obama for standing up to Wall Street and its backers on Capitol Hill on behalf of students in need of protection from unfair financial practices The average student now graduates with over 25 000 in federal student loan debt Hundreds of thousands of students also assume expensive private student loans before exhausting more consumer friendly college financing options Private student loans pile more debt on students because they provide the worst rates and terms to students with the greatest financial need In addition students are targets for high interest high fee credit cards and debit cards on campus The appointment bypasses Senate opponents who pledged to block any director unless the bureau was first weakened in a manner approved by Wall Street The confirmation of a director also grants the bureau all of its new powers under law to act to protect students 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 News Releases by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable 100

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  • CRI Releases New Report, “Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers” | MASSPIRG Students
    huge gift updating the bottle bill would be to the economic engine we re trying to jumpstart in Massachusetts Bottle Bills create more jobs than curbside recycling alone Credit CRI The Sierra Club MASSPIRG and many other organizations have been working to pass an update to the bottle bill Expanding the bottle bill is good for our neighborhoods good for our environment and good for our pocket book said Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino This legislation gives us a real opportunity to prevent litter on our streets and in our parks while generating important recycling jobs The study finds that different recycling methods create different numbers of jobs and deposit return systems create 11 to 38 times more jobs than a curbside recycling system relative to beverage containers with the range due to system parameters and system performance Prepared by CM Consulting and Sound Resource Management Group the study examined the three most common U S collection methods for beverage containers beverage container deposit programs single family curbside and multi family and enhanced curbside which includes community dropoff bins self haul and away from home collection The study explains that the primary driver of jobs in any recycling system is the sheer volume of material entering the system Container deposit return CDR systems generate dramatically higher volumes of beverage containers than curbside systems an average of 76 percent recovery in CDR states compared to just 24 percent recovery in non CDR states The secondary driver of container recycling jobs is the number of full time equivalent FTE workers needed to collect sort and transport the materials CDR systems in which containers are handled more or less individually employ an average of 7 34 FTEs per 1 000 tons of containers while curbside systems require an average of 1 66 FTEs

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  • Trouble in Toyland | MASSPIRG Students
    died said Micaela Preskill MASSPIRG s consumer advocate While most toys are safe our researchers still found toys on the shelves that pose choking hazards and other toys that contain hazardous levels of toxic chemicals including lead she explained For 26 years the MASSPIRG Trouble in Toyland report has offered safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provided examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards The group also provides an interactive website with tips for safe toy shopping that consumers can access on their smart phones at www toysafety mobi Key findings from the report include Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves Two toys contain levels of phthalates a chemical that poses development hazards for small children at 40 and 70 times allowable limits Several toys violate current allowable lead limits 300ppm Lead has negative health effects on almost every organ and system in the human body Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three we found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards We also found toys that are potentially harmful to children s ears and exceed the hearing standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 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

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  • Common Connections | MASSPIRG Students
    Now I can t drive but I use public transportation so I can keep my freedoms said Doris Carlson an 83 year old woman living in Acton MA Massachusetts regional transit authorities RTAs provide an important service for students and seniors who make up a sizeable share of their costumer base Over half a million college students and seniors are served by the Commonwealth s RTAs Funding constraints are preventing the RTAs from achieving their full potential In the past decade many RTAs have had to cut service and or raise fares because of insufficient support from the state Lack of sufficient operating funding has made it very difficult to fully meet the needs of students ands seniors throughout Massachusetts said Executive Director of Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities Jeannette Orsino Public transit is so vital to being a student We have to pay for the cost of parking in addition to the cost of owning a car and paying for school I wish it were easier to ride the bus but it comes infrequently and is always crowded says Hannah Hutchinson a student at UMass Boston Demand for public transportation among students and seniors is on the rise Just as today s young people are increasingly seeking new transportation alternatives the Bay State is projected to house 600 000 more seniors in 2030 than in 2000 To serve growing demand among students and seniors MASSPIRG s report calls for increased revenue for public transportation over the long term and urges the Commonwealth to explore ways to have universities and other public and private institutions support transit infrastructure The time has come for Massachusetts to reinvest in its public transportation systems that serve students and seniors said Preskill About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College

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  • Obama Announces Initiatives to Ease Student Loan Debt | MASSPIRG Students
    discretionary income cap for some student loan borrowers in 2012 This benefit would be available for those who have borrowed a federal student loan since 2008 and have another loan starting in 2012 With millions of student borrowers saddled with unmanageable levels of debt these valuable benefits cannot start a moment too soon said Williams Second Obama will announce a loan consolidation initiative to make it easier for borrowers with multiple loans to pay their bills and avoid default The benefit will apply to student borrowers with both a loan from the Department of Education and a loan through the discontinued Federal Family Education Loan program a group of borrowers who are more likely to default Many students are overwhelmed with one foot in two lending systems paying multiple lenders each month and looking on helplessly as their loan changes hands multiple times said Williams Allowing these borrowers to consolidate multiple loans into one payment clarifies confusion and cuts red tape for borrowers Third the Administration will announce a new initiative to improve financial literacy tools for students before they enter college The Department of Education will partner with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to tailor a model financial aid form that will allow students to better understand college costs including loan debt and repayment Currently almost every school has a different financial aid form which makes it difficult for a student to figure out their financial aid award including their loan package A model financial aid form enables students and their families to better understand the true cost of college attendance school by school as well as helps make an apples to apples comparison of those costs About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts

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