The expansions irk some fiscal conservatives. Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she does not want to see the state mandate paid parental leave. She has mixed feelings about public employers providing it on their own.
Ash will also continue a tradition from the Patrick administration of holding regular, closed-door meetings with representatives from key business groups that include the Greater Boston Chamber, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
When all is said and done,under Deval Patrick, businesses collectively pay at least $150 million more annually in taxes, according to Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.