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Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question

Apr 12 2018

By Margeaux Sippell, The Boston Globe

“Health-care costs are already a burden for many families and employers across Massachusetts,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the Taxpayers Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “Massachusetts should use its health-care dollars to focus on more pressing priorities, like mental health care and addiction treatment, rather than this self-serving ballot initiative,” she said.
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House bumps local aid; seeks new audit of State Police in $41B budget proposal

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Apr 11 2018

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Boston Herald

While House leaders touted areas of investment, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently cautioned that a growing portion of state revenues are being consumed by a few priorities, leaving a lot less money for lawmakers to invest in programs important to their constituents. Fixed obligations to non-discretionary spending in areas like MassHealth, debt service and pensions accounted for 55 percent of tax revenues in fiscal 2007, but accounted for 73 percent in fiscal 2017, the foundation said.
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Massachusetts state budget faces uncertainty over 2018 ballot questions

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Apr 11 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said lawmakers should establish a contingency plan in case the income tax question is not passed and the sales tax question passes. The foundation said one important step would be to commit a large amount of money to the state's rainy day fund and put any surplus money from this year into the rainy day fund. That way the fund could be used to patch any major budget shortfalls.
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Tax could deflate state's economy

Mar 15 2018

The Eagle Tribune

The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told the assembled lunchtime crowd that the state's economy was strong. What's more, the economic recovery has lasted longer than those in the past, and state tax receipts are coming in above estimates. Still, McAnneny worries about clouds on the horizon -- that extra tax money may be coming from folks who tried to pay their taxes early, ahead of federal reform efforts. The state still isn't setting enough money aside in its "rainy day" fund to satisfy credit rating agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's.
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Expert: MassHealth funding means a tight state budget

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Mar 15 2018

By Ethan Forman, The Salem News

Health care spending is the leading culprit as to why the state budget has been so tight despite good economic times, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny. “If there’s one takeaway I would like all of you to leave with, it’s this: That everyone has to keep their eye on the MassHealth ball, and everyone should care about the amount of money that we are spending on it, because the amount eclipses every other spending area in the budget by a very wide margin,” McAnneny told a ballroom full of business leaders Wednesday.
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245 State Police troopers earned more than $200,000 last year

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Mar 12 2018

By Michael Levenson and Matt Rocheleau, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group, said State Police overtime pay partly reflects the increased demands on law enforcement in an era of heightened concern about terrorism.
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$1.4B Education Bill Would Inject Money Into Struggling Gateway Cities' Schools

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Feb 23 2018

By Bianca Vazquez Toness, WGBH

It's not clear where that money would come from. “It’s a big expenditure,” says Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s being added to a budget that already has a structural deficit. So, figuring out how we pay for that is critically important.”
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Editorial: Bay State’s golden geese

Feb 18 2018

The Boston Herald

Mass. Taxpayers agrees, noting “Massachusetts already has a migration problem.” A net 475,000 people ($18.9 billion in adjusted gross income) left the state from 1993 to 2016. “The additional 4 percent income surtax will surely drive more Massachusetts taxpayers to change their state of tax residency.”
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Millionaire tax wrong way to play Robin Hood

Feb 18 2018

By Edward Murphy, CommonWealth Magazine

The new $10,000 limit will therefore cost those filers more than a third of their deductions and the aggregate cost is enormous. According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the state’s filers will lose approximately $7.5 billion in deductions under the new law.
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Top earners could leave state, tax study finds

Feb 13 2018

By Christian Wade, The Daily News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated about 19,600 tax filers would be affected by the 4 percent tax, generating about $1.9 billion a year.
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