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Boston2024 has no budget to fix MBTA

Jul 1 2015

By Allison Manning, Boston.com

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation doesn’t have an official stance on the Olympics. But they are focused on the MBTA and its $6.7 billion backlog of necessary improvements, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the organization. “I don’t know whether or not what Boston2024 is proposing aligns with the MBTA’s and the commuting public’s priorities,” she said.
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Column: Fixing the T requires long-term commitment

Jun 28 2015

By Eileen McAnneny, The Salem News

Four months after the T’s collapse this past February, the state has reached a pivotal moment in which the Legislature must make crucial decisions on the future of the state’s key public transit system. If lawmakers adopt a bill with only incremental changes, rather than providing the governor with the full complement of tools to fix the T, they will doom the MBTA’s future and undermine the state’s economy.
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Lobbying on MBTA overhaul intensifies

Jun 26 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

“It’s the lifeblood of the economy,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and cochairwoman of a coalition of mayors and business groups pushing Baker’s plan. “This has to be fixed and we needed to start yesterday.”
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More Massachusetts public employees getting paid parental leave

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Jun 16 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

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. "On the one hand, it is a taxpayer expense at a time when there's considerable pressures on the budget already," McAnneny said, adding that some taxpayers are being asked to fund benefits for public workers that many of them do not have themselves. "On the other hand, the government often leads by example, and to the extent they're trying to pave the way, that may be an appropriate role as state employers," McAnneny said.
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Baker: Too many Deval Patrick projects, too little dough

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Jun 12 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

What we’re now beginning to see is the constraints on the state’s capital spending,” said Andy Bagley, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We have enormous infrastructure needs, and this is a clear signal that we don’t currently have the resources
needed,” he said. “We’re 
going to have to start making very difficult decisions.”
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Lawmakers grapple over tax fairness

Jun 10 2015

By Christian Wade, CNHI Statehouse Bureau

“There’s no question that the purpose of this measure is to increase progressivity in the state’s income tax code,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which supports the current flat tax. “The unanswered question is whether this is a move towards a graduated tax or something in place of it.”
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The Struggle to Tax the Cloud

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Jun 1 2015

By Liz Farmer, Governing

But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it. Opposition from the state’s business forces rained down pressure on lawmakers. The new law, they claimed, was putting them out of business. “It got very bruising,” says Andrew Bagley, research and public affairs director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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State House chambers turn to SJC to settle feud

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May 23 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“I do know many moons ago I was a staffer at the State House, and the Legislature does ask for guidance from the courts from time to time,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the 
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “You have two equal branches from the Legislature that have a difference of opinion on a pretty important issue and probably a precedent-setting issue.”
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DeLeo comes out for MBTA control board as senators mull amendment

May 21 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

Leaders from groups like the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were joined by a handful of mayors from Revere, Gardner, Attleboro, Framingham, Braintree and Melrose.

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Business groups lobby in favor of Baker’s MBTA plan

May 20 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

A collection of business groups and elected officials billing themselves as the Coalition for World Class Public Transit System will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to launch an online petition backing Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the MBTA. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will be among the groups in attendance, according to organizers.
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