New economy

As we keep producing and consuming ever-increasing quantities of “stuff,” a growing number of people are asking: Can we create an economy that values common interests, public health and the quality of our lives, over growth at any cost?

We should be able to fix our stuff when it breaks. We need easy access to the information, tools, resources and third party repair shops it takes to fix our cell phones, appliances, electronics and other equipment. That means working together to get the companies who make our stuff, to give us the right to repair our stuff. When they do, it will be better for the planet, better for our budgets, and things will work the way they are supposed to.

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Press Statement on Right to Repair

Right to repair

Press Statement on Right to Repair

With less than 100 hours left until the conclusion of the 2021-2022 legislative session on Beacon Hill,  advocates are calling on the conference committee for the pending Economic Development bill to adopt the Senate’s amendment giving consumers the right to repair.

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Senate passes Right to Repair

Right to repair

Senate passes Right to Repair

The Massachusetts Senate late Thursday evening became only the second state in the nation to pass electronics right to repair legislation. As part of an Economic Development bill the Senate approved a Right to Repair amendment that grants Massachusetts residents the right to repair  portable electronic devices. 

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The hidden costs of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

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The hidden costs of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

  U.S. PIRG reviewed data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and found that the most common complaints about “Buy Now, Pay Later” plans include hidden fees, high interest rates and problems when it comes time for debt collection.

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CFPB focuses on consumer pain points
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CFPB focuses on consumer pain points

Yesterday’s announcement of a new report finding stupefying amounts of medical debt on consumer credit reports continues the Biden CFPB’s focus on identifying and responding to consumer pain points caused by a financial marketplace that doesn’t always work for consumers. The CFPB has your back! Photo courtesy Americans for Financial Reform, All rights reserved.

Crypto has gone mainstream. But where are the watchdogs?
Cryptocurrency overlaid on $50 bill

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Crypto has gone mainstream. But where are the watchdogs?

Matt Damon strides past images of humankind’s boldest explorers: ocean voyagers, early aeronauts, mountaineers in a new cryptocurrency ad. If this were an ad for a new drug, or a regulated financial product, you’d expect the images of boldness and bravery to be accompanied by a lengthy disclaimer. You don't. Find out more. Image credit Kanchanara via Unsplash

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