Blog Posts By:

Aaron Colonnese,
Creative Associate

Overusing antibiotics on factory farms threatens public health — so why is it still happening?

Our money is quite literally being used to hurtle us faster toward climate disaster.

Some student loan servicers take advantage of borrowers through unfair, predatory and even illegal lending methods. It’s a problem MASSPIRG and our partners have been working to solve for years — and our efforts were rewarded this past January, when the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights was passed by the Legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. Nearly 1 million student borrowers across the commonwealth now have the protections they deserve against deceptive lending practices.

We can't let this chance to restore vital consumer protections slip through our fingers.

Policies that reduce waste, increase consumer choice and save families money should be a no-brainer — and fortunately, more states are beginning to see it that way.

Harmful, unnecessary single-use plastic packaging doesn’t belong on the shelves of a grocery chain with a reputation for being environmentally conscious.

The world’s top plastic polluter — for the third year in a row — is missing a huge opportunity to reduce its waste footprint.

Thanks in part to U.S. PIRG, most surprise medical bills will soon be against the law. Our success in this campaign was due, in turn, to the leadership of Patricia Kelmar, who was a MASSPIRG student leader in the 1980s, an NJPIRG staff person in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and a health care policy expert and advocate for nearly two decades.

Illinoisans who get their electricity from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) are paying 37 percent more for their electricity delivery than they did in 2012 — when in fact declines in power supply prices over the last decade should have led to lower electric bills. Why the extra cost? The answer lies in a case of political influence enabling a powerful special interest to upend its own regulation, maximizing private profit rather than the public good.

On July 22, with COVID-19 cases surging across the country, more than 150 top health care professionals joined U.S. PIRG in sending a letter to the Trump administration, to Congress, and to state governors, telling them it was time to shut back down, start over on coronavirus containment, and do it right this time. Fast-forward to October, with many states seeing a new uptick in cases and deaths — we clearly still have a long way to go in effectively suppressing COVID-19. But PIRG and our health professional partners (now nearly 1,400 strong) have made some good progress in the past few months toward winning better, more health-centered policies as we move into the fall and winter.