In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
On April 3, more than 100 mayors and county executives across 17 states, including 12 from Massachusetts alone, signed a letter delivered by U.S. PIRG to the Trump administration. It called for centralized distribution of medical supplies such as ventilators and N95 masks to ensure that hospitals and frontline medical workers have the equipment they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Massachusetts Senate is considering a bill that would require the MBTA to fully transition to electric buses by 2040. The effect would be staggering: 55,000 tons of greenhouse gases would no longer be emitted each year — the equivalent of taking more than 10,600 cars off the road. MASSPIRG is urging the Legislature to pass this vital bill.
On Jan. 14, Massachusetts launched a new program to get the lead out of school drinking water. The School Water Improvement Grants program (SWIG) will provide schools with water filling stations certified to remove lead, and will conduct water testing for schools that have not yet been tested.
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Most airlines are only offering vouchers, not refunds, when passengers cancel their flights due to concerns about COVID-19.
BOSTON -- In the wake of Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans to move forward with a phased “re-opening” of Massachusetts while dealing with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MASSPIRG Executive Director Janet Domenitz and Massachusetts Sierra Club Executive Director Deb Pasternak issued a statement.
Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus approached 50,000 on Tuesday. U.S. PIRG Education Fund has documented the actions taken by the FTC and 14 other federal agencies in response to coronavirus scams.
As manufacturers block access to manuals and other fix-it information, biomedical repair technicians press for reform.
With Governor Baker’s Fiscal and Management Control Board set to expire in June, a coalition of transportation advocacy groups released a report that details recommendations for future oversight of the MBTA. The report offers a path forward that will better serve riders and create a transportation system for the future.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.