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Media Hit | Solid Waste

Moving Connecticut toward zero waste

Connecticut made a conscious decision 40 years ago to transform its waste management by phasing out landfills and investing in incinerators.  However, the decision we face today is not between burning or burying our waste -- it is between seeing the material we throw away as waste, or seeing it as material with a market value if handled properly.  A new bill introduced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gives us the opportunity to transform again,  from managing waste to managing material, moving us closer to zero waste.

Report | ConnPIRG | Tax

Picking Up the Tab 2014

Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions. Tax haven abusers benefit from America’s markets, public infrastructure, educated workforce, security and rule of law but they avoid paying for these benefits leaving ordinary taxpayers to pick up the tab.

News Release | ConnPIRG | Tax

Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Connecticut Taxpayer $2,537 a Year, Connecticut Small Business $8,094

As hardworking Americans file their taxes today, it’s a good time to be reminded of how ordinary taxpayers pick up the tab for the loopholes in our tax laws.  Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals avoid paying an estimated $184 billion in state and federal income taxes by shift their profits to offshore tax havens. 

This week the CFPB ordered Bank of America to return $727 million to credit card customers for deceptive marketing and unfair billing practices.

News Release | ConnPIRG | Democracy

TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

Today, ConnPIRG joined AARP CT and the Connecticut Citizen Action Group to call on lawmakers to pass strong reforms to the broken competitive electric supplier market.

Speaking Up on GMO Labeling

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With over 3,000 petitions, we're reaching out to Stop & Shop in other ways to let them know what their customers want: labeling GMOs in their store-brand products.

Governor's Recycling Bill Advances

By | Abe Scarr
Director

The Governor's recycling bill, Senate Bill 27, has been reported favorably out of the Environment Committee. 

Avoiding the Debt Trap

By | Abe Scarr
Director

The Connecticut Legislature is considering a bill to promote student financial literacy. We support the bill and are running our own financial education program on campuses across Connecticut.

Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Food

A Year of Progress

While mandatory labeling has met with obstacles, legislation is not the only arena for progress – and the past year has shown that food producers and retailers are listening to consumers’ desire for information and choices when it comes to GMOs.

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Priority Action

Tell Stop & Shop's COO: Stand with consumers and give us the right to know what's in our food. Label your store-brand products that contain GMOs.

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