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Patrick: Unused Snow Removal Money Could Go To Cash-Strapped MBTA

Feb 24 2012

WBZ

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says it’s not a perfect idea, but something we should look into. “Given New England winters, next year we may budget $50 million for snow and ice and have a horrible winter and need $100 million.
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MBTA looks for new way to boost revenue, lower long-term debt

Feb 23 2012

By Samantha Tatro, The Daily Free Press

The proposal’s strengths lie in its ability to “spread the pain,” said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The riders have been concerned, rightly so, about drastic service cuts,” he said. “The best part about this new proposal is that it preserves most of the services.”
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Business leaders huddling on transportation strategies

Feb 17 2012

By Kyle Cheney, The Boston Herald / State House News Service

O’Connell, who was Gov. Deval Patrick’s top economic development aide from 2007 to 2009, said his organization has met with A Better City, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to discuss their concerns about fare hikes and service cuts proposed by the T to close an anticipated $161 million budget deficit.
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Parking attendants haul in OT pay at Massport

Jan 30 2012

By John Zaremba, The Boston Herald

“It sounds awfully high. It sounds like a fairly well-paying position,” said Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “If there’s been no change, that’s a problem. If the governor has called them out, saying this is something you need to balance better and they haven’t, then that’s something that needs a closer look.”
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South Shore locals and politicians protest MBTA changes with petitions, calls to action

Jan 26 2012

By Jessica Bartlet, The Boston Globe

Keenan pointed to numerous studies, including a 2009 review of MBTA finances by former John Hancock CEO David D'Allessandro, a 2007 Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission study, and a 2002 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report entitled "MBTA Capital Spending: Derailed by Expansion," all of which conclude that expansion was not badly needed and the consequences would be severe.
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Massport Pays $83K Annually For Human Traffic Light

Oct 31 2011

WCVB TV

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said it's a waste. "Why in this day and age, we have a policeman manually operating a traffic light at this exorbitant cost totally bewilders me," he said.
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Our View: Take steps to keep flagger program on track

Oct 4 2011

South Coast Today

The result has been a toothless effort that has fallen far short of expectations. "The hype surrounding this reform has always been much greater than the reform itself," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, when questioned about the flagger regulation by NECIR.
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Editorial: It's all in the details

Sep 27 2011

Cape Cod Times

The result has been a toothless effort that has fallen far short of expectations. "The hype surrounding this reform has always been much greater than the reform itself," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, when questioned about the flagger regulation by NECIR.
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Editorial: Beacon Hill 'reform' yields more hype than change

Sep 27 2011

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

"There's a huge opportunity for more savings that are going unrealized," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The hype surrounding this reform has always been much greater than the reform itself."

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3 Years After Law, Civilian Flagger Use Is Limited

Sep 26 2011

By Deborah Becker, WBUR

“The law has worked, but given the enormous publicity and political pushback from the police and unions, probably the citizens thought we were biting off much more than we actually did.”
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