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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Solid Waste

MARYLAND PIRG STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR O’MALLEY’S ZERO WASTE PLAN FOR MARYLAND

Governor O’Malley’s Zero Waste Plan is a big step in the right direction, and we applaud the Administration for putting together this exciting plan, but Maryland PIRG is very disappointed to see the inclusion of trash incineration in the plan.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

House Floor Vote on Budget Delayed over Special Interest "Riders" From Wall Street, Other Powerful Interests | Ed Mierzwinski

UPDATED: Opposition to a controversial provision authored by Citibank forced House leaders to delay consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriations package just hours before funding for the federal government expired at midnight Thursday. Eventually the bill passed narrowly with the Wall Street provision intact. Action now shifts to the Senate, which has a 48-hour window to pass the bill, but any one Senator can block it under Senate rules. The provision would again allow Wall Street banks to place risky bets with taxpayer-backed funds, and require taxpayers to bail them out if the bets fail, repealing a key protection added in the 2010 Wall Street reform law. 

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland PIRG opposes proposal to greatly increase contribution limits as part of the omnibus spending bill

"In the midterms a month ago, we all saw yet another reminder of the dominance of big money in our elections. Yet, instead of advancing common-sense solutions to raise the voices of small donors, set reasonable limits on big money, and ensure that the public knows where campaign money comes from, Congress is now poised to approve changes to campaign finance laws that would give megadonors an even louder voice.  Most Americans find it hard to afford giving even one or two hundred dollars to candidates and causes they believe in, but these revisions would allow big donors to give over $200,000 a year to party committees.

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Tax

Senator Coburn (R-OK) Slams Corporate Deductions of Legal Damages

Yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) published a guide to unjustified “giveaways” in the tax code. Included in the guide was a discussion and recommendation on the practice of corporations deducting the settlement payments they make in order to resolve accusations of wrongdoing against the public. He notes that the Department of Justice has the ability to render particular settlement payments nondeductible, but calls for legislation to disallow deductions for compensatory legal damages.

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Financial Reform

Maryland PIRG Condemns Backdoor, Backroom Appropriations Proposal To Gut Wall Street Reform

"We join others, including Americans for Financial Reform and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (joint statement) and Public Citizen, in condemning this backdoor, backroom budgetary effort to repeal the Wall Street reform law's protections for taxpayers and Main Street from the riskiest derivatives swaps that led directly to the 2008 financial collapse, a taxpayer bailout for banks and a recession for everyone else.

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News Release | Budget

Maryland leads nation in reporting on economic stimulus spending

A new analysis of official state websites focusing on the federal stimulus program finds that Maryland has the best reporting of all the states.

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News Release | Health Care

Survey: Small businesses crushed by rising health costs

Maryland small business owners are being crushed by rising health care costs, and feel left out of the current health care debate in Washington, according to a new report released by Maryland Public Interest Research Group in front on Carma’s Café on St Paul street in, Charles Village today.

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News Release | Health Care

Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

If you are a consumer and you want to buy a blender or a new car, there are dozens of research studies available comparing cost, effectiveness, reliability, and durability.

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News Release | Consumer Protection

Statement of Johanna Neumann on U.S. Senate Passage of the Credit CARD Act

For too long, owning a credit card company has been a license to steal. Over the last few years, the banks increased their use of abusive tactics, such as changing due dates so they could trick consumers into paying late. The Credit Card Act bans nearly all retroactive rate increases on current balances, it prohibits universal default in the first year and it protects college students from unfair marketing of credit cards.

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News Release | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building Nuclear Plants Is a Bad Investment

Maryland PIRG report shows that dollar for dollar, a clean energy portfolio produces more energy than nuclear.

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