Maryland PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Shortage of active ingredients for sanitizer could be linked to use of toxic ingredients

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our democracy works best when we all participate. Make sure you, your friends, and family have a plan to vote this November. Here is everything you need to know.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Our latest report, last week, found July set yet a fifth consecutive month of record consumer complaints to the CFPB. Complaints about credit report mistakes, always among the leaders, have surged dramatically during the pandemic. The CFPB hasn't done anything about it, but Congress has an opportunity in its next relief package to ban negative credit reporting.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn’t stick with it until the job was done.

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today, Marland PIRG sent Gov. Hogan a letter imploring him to instruct SBE to mail voters their ballots like he did for the primary. The letter was signed by voting rights allies including ACLU of MD, Baltimore Votes, Jews United for Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice MD, AFSCME Council 3, SEIU Maryland State Council, and others.

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our weekly trends and risk assessment report on COVID-19 in Maryland.

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Along with U.S. PIRG and more than 1000 health professionals, we are calling on our decision makers to shut down, start over, and do it right. 

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Few people living today remember what it was like to live through a world war, but that’s what we’re in, and we’re going to have to sacrifice if we want to save ourselves and each other. Just as the greatest generation did, we need to step up to what history has delivered.

U.S. PIRG is calling on municipal, state and federal policymakers to mandate face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor locations where it’s hard for people to socially distance six feet apart.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

On Monday, the U.S. House approved H.R. 5332, the Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2020 (Gottheimer-NJ). U.S. PIRG joined other leading advocates of credit reporting reform in a support letter to the House last week. The bill takes a number of steps to make it easier to fix credit reporting errors.