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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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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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Baker’s $40.9B budget a 2.6% increase

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Jan 25 2018

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said her group would like more money directed to the reserve fund. But she praised Baker’s overall fiscal management. “I think limiting the growth in spending to the overall rate of revenue growth is really important,” she said.
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Experts: Proceed with caution under tax overhaul

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Jan 25 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is "concerned long-term about potential impacts on federal revenue as our debt increases and federal spending could be reduced," McAnneny said. She said the law contains $6 trillion in cuts offset by $4.5 billion in hikes, for a net reduction in taxes of $1.5 trillion. What that revenue loss means for states is not yet clear, McAnneny said. Changes to Medicare reimbursement rates would have a "huge impact" on Massachusetts and its major health care sector, and it remains unseen if the federal government will partner with states on an infrastructure plan.
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In budget proposal, Baker tries again to move 140,000 residents off Medicaid

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Jan 24 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog, was more upbeat in her assessment. She praised Baker’s proposal for increasing funding for opioid addiction services, education, and aid to cities and towns. “My initial impression is a positive one,” she said.
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Panel advised against hasty response to US tax overhaul

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Jan 23 2018

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The News Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that about a third of the state's taxpayers claim the deduction on state and local taxes, with the average deduction totaling about $17,000 in the 2015 tax year. The group estimates the $10,000 cap will result in the aggregate loss of about $7 billion in deductions.
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Tax, spending questions abound as Baker readies budget plan

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Jan 20 2018

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The Los Angeles Times

The foundation estimates that the state's first commercial pot shops — expected to begin opening this summer — could generate between $32 million and $54 million in sales and excises taxes for the state.
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