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Sep 10 2015
Andrew Bagley, the vice president for policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says what’s happened to the state’s stabilization fund over the last four years is troubling. “This trend is worrying due to the state’s reliance on one-time revenues in the middle of an economic recovery,” he said in an emailed statement. “But that understates the growing structural problem with the budget because the state was forced to rely on approximately $1 billion in capital gains tax revenues in excess of the statutory cap to help balance the 2015 and 2016 budgets rather than to shore up the stabilization fund.”
Jun 12 2015
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.”
May 23 2015
“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.”
May 12 2015
Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate’s approach is “woefully inadequate.” “There are serious financial challenges plaguing the T,” she said. “And it looks like [the Senate is] putting the burden on the administration to change everything without giving them the tools they had requested.”
May 5 2015
How well the administration keeps key parts of state government running with a sudden exodus of thousands of employees will, in large measure, determine how sustained Baker’s victory is, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The loss of the 5,000 state employees at once certainly poses some managerial challenges for the Baker administration,” McAnneny said.
May 2 2015
“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
Apr 24 2015
“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example, spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
Apr 15 2015
Overall, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Wednesday’s budget is fiscally responsible and holds the line on spending. She praised its efforts at MBTA reform — which include the Pacheco law suspension, audits of the T’s finances and maintenance, and efforts aimed at streamlining procurement. But, she added, the budget does some things “that cause us concern,” such as using the money intended for the rainy day fund.
State employee retirement incentive could cause exodus in revenue, welfare, transportation, mental health agencies
Mar 27 2015
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.
Mar 8 2015
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.”