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State employee retirement incentive could cause exodus in revenue, welfare, transportation, mental health agencies

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Mar 27 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

To some extent, the loss of people could cause efficiencies. "This could spur innovation within departments in terms of figuring out better ways to leverage technology," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Good riddance to the Mass. film tax credit

Mar 8 2015

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

It’s good politics, but also good policy. In that quest, Baker has the blessing of Michael J. Widmer, the outgoing president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who during his farewell gala speech took time to declare, “By the way, Charlie, I strongly agree with that proposal.”
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Balance at last

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Mar 6 2015

The Worcester Telegram

Mr. Baker's budget blueprint does just that. The $38 billion plan increases spending by $1.1 billion, or about 3 percent. That is lower than the 4.5 percent increase in state revenues that the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation expects the state will see in fiscal 2016.
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Massachusetts state employees protest proposed health insurance changes

Mar 5 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, said the increase in premium co-pays to 25 percent is not unreasonable compared to private sector health plans. "Employees are being asked to pay more, but what they're asked to pay is in line with the private sector," McAnneny said.
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Charlie Baker prescribes cuts to MassHealth

Mar 5 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“If we’re trying to close the structural deficit over time, it’s something we’re going to have to focus on,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “and I would say not just MassHealth but health care in general.”
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Baker aims to slow budget growth to $1.1B

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Mar 5 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Lowell Sun

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said it would bear watching how the Legislature responds to Baker's proposals to phase out the film tax credit and implement an early retirement program, the success of which she said will depend on ensuring people aren't rehired to fill the jobs vacated by early retirees.
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Local aid plan hailed

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Mar 5 2015

By Jennifer Bates , The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation previously warned of a $1.5 billion budget gap between expected revenues and expenses in the upcoming fiscal year. However, Eileen McAnneny, president of the group, said the increase in assistance to cities and towns was reasonable. "I think the cities and towns would love for that (amount) to be higher, but the modest increase is OK just given the size of the budget and given some of the other choices that had to be made," McAnneny said.
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Gov. Baker to unveil first state budget plan

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Mar 4 2015

By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said the state could face a $1.5 billion budget gap.
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Baker budget aims to rein in state spending

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Mar 4 2015

By Joshua Miller and Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the budget is a “great first step” in slowing the growth in state spending. “They did it in a way that was responsible, all things considered,” she said.
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Massachusetts budget proposal 'right-sizes' government while investing in priorities like transportation

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Mar 4 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, called the budget "responsible" and a "great first step in slowing the growth in spending." She praised the governor for looking to save money in health care costs, which has long been a major cost driver in state spending. She said low inflation will ensure that level funding of programs will not cause as much pain as it would if costs were increasing more quickly.
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