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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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Roadblock to Reform

Sep 25 2011

By Beverly Ford, New England Center for Investigative Reporting

"The problem is, it (the regulation) doesn't go very far. There's a huge opportunity for more savings that are going unrealized," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said. "The hype surrounding this reform has always been much greater than the reform itself."
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Widmer sees building transportation financing crisis for Massachusetts

Sep 23 2011

By Michael Norton, The Lowell Sun / State House News Service

"In broad strokes it doesn't appear that we've made any progress on the $20 billion," Widmer said. "The squeeze is going to intensify post-2012. This thing is going to build."
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Advisory report shows need to reform Massachusetts transportation funding

Sep 23 2011

By Patrick Donges, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, was also a member of the 2007 committee. He said the state has let the transportation infrastructure decline over several decades, as large regional projects, notably Boston's "big dig" central artery project, were undertaken without a dedicated revenue source, depriving the rest of the state.
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A price to pay in Massachusetts

Aug 3 2011

By Brian Boyd, South Coast Today

Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the specifics aren't clear yet and officials will have to wait for the new committee to offer its recommendations. Still, he said long-term cost cutting by the federal government will result in less aid for municipal governments.
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Delays in service

Jul 6 2011

By Gabrielle Gurley, Commonwealth Magazine

This “underscores the obvious,” says Widmer. “The administration doesn’t know how to pay for this. The reality is the rest of the state would find it very difficult to accept putting this much money into South Coast Rail and would fight strongly against it.”

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Merger of Turnpike Authority and Department of Transportation yields lower savings than predicted

Jun 19 2011

By Jon Marcus, The Republican

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers’ Foundation, said the department nonetheless seems to be on track. “The 31 number is not the right number to focus on,” said Bagley, who was shown the payroll figures. “You’re including 385 people who were hired on the capital side based on the fact that the Legislature passed this $2.9 billion bridge program and because the feds gave them money. I’d take that as a unique situation. We would never have said, ‘We don’t want the capital money in there because we’re looking at head count.’
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