By Kyle Cheney, State House News Service / The Boston Herald
“This is a hazardous occupation. It is unpredictable,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who has been tasked year after year with taking delivering to state government officials his best guess about future tax collections. “This is clearly an art form, not a science.
“The numbers demonstrate just how difficult this recession and fiscal crisis have been for cities and towns,’’ said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Their revenues have been virtually flat, while their costs have grown, which has meant cuts in schools, public safety, and other basic services for most cities and towns.’’