MassPIRG http://wamc.org en Report: Colleges Are Leading Forces In Reducing Driving http://wamc.org/post/report-colleges-are-leading-forces-reducing-driving <p>A recent study shows universities are among the leading forces in an effort to reduce urban driving.</p><p>The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, or <a href="http://www.masspirg.org/" target="_blank">MASSPIRG</a>, has released a report titled <a href="http://masspirgedfund.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/MA_A_New_Course_scrn.pdf" target="_blank">“A New Course.”</a> MASSPIRG attorney Kirstie Pecci says colleges are leading forces in efforts to reduce driving.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 83365 at http://wamc.org Report: Colleges Are Leading Forces In Reducing Driving Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-voters-may-decide-bottle-bill-expansion <p>A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 80058 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion Report Shows Link Between Mobile Technology and Public Transportation http://wamc.org/post/report-shows-link-between-mobile-technology-and-public-transportation <p>A recent study finds internet and social media use could be linked to a decline in private, personal transportation.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 74763 at http://wamc.org Report Shows Link Between Mobile Technology and Public Transportation Report: Driving Boom Is Over http://wamc.org/post/report-driving-boom-over <p></p><p>A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 00:50:54 +0000 Lucas Willard 64788 at http://wamc.org Report: Driving Boom Is Over Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys http://wamc.org/post/annual-report-informs-parents-dangerous-toys <p></p><p>The United States Public Interest Research Group has released its 27<sup>th</sup> annual report detailing unsafe toys and how parents can protect their children from dangerous products on store shelves. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>Yesterday, the US PIRG Education Fund Released the 27<sup>th</sup> annual Trouble in Toyland Report. Across the country, coordinators discussed the report, shared safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys for young children and provided examples of toys on store shelves that could present safety hazards.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:09:34 +0000 Lucas Willard 52503 at http://wamc.org Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee http://wamc.org/post/bottle-law-expansion-dumped-conference-committee <p>&nbsp; Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won&rsquo;t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44410 at http://wamc.org Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee Massachusetts Auto Insurance Rates Rise http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-auto-insurance-rates-rise <p><font size="2">Auto insurance rates in Massachusetts are climbing higher. Drivers are starting to see their premiums go up four years after rates dropped when the state partially de-regulated the auto insurance business.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> Tue, 15 May 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 39036 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Auto Insurance Rates Rise