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Mass. gov. says transportation compromise lacking

Jun 26 2013

AP / The Tampa Tribune

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation issued a statement, saying the state would have the highest tax rate in the nation on software services if the new tax is imposed. "The tax takes clear aim at the state's innovation economy, which is the essence of the state's competitive edge and at the core of its economic future," the foundation said. The group estimated that the tax would cost businesses $500 million, well above the $160 million estimate of Democratic leaders.
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Patrick won't accept transportation funding plan as written by Legislative leaders

Jun 26 2013

By Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Herald News

Business groups like the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation have flagged serious concerns about the impact of an expansion of the state’s sales tax to cover computer and software design services, suggesting it will make Massachusetts less competitive and stifle the innovation economy.
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House and Senate strike transportation deal

Jun 25 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Southcoast Today

Though the tax on software services was included in both the House and Senate bills and not subject to the most recent negotiations, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer blasted its inclusion in the bill, suggesting lawmakers have failed to grasp it full impact. "State leaders could hardly have chosen a more perfect tax to undercut the future of the Massachusetts economy. This is the most sweeping computer and software services tax in the nation. It strikes at the heart of the state's innovation economy and will stifle job creation for years to come," Widmer told the News Service.

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Regional transit systems hope to gain from funding bill

Apr 22 2013

By Martine Powers, The Boston Globe

“I don’t know if that’s defensible, given the limited dollars,” Widmer said. “It clearly deserves additional funding . . . but the question is, how much?” Any increase in spending on the buses, Widmer argued, should be coupled with an increase in transparency and accountability for the regional transit authorities, which would help taxpayers ensure that the buses are as popular and as efficient as advocates suggest.
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University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy

Apr 22 2013

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

In transportation, Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s ambitious transportation plans appear to have stalled in the state legislature, said Michael Widmer, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. But he does expect a compromise now brewing in the statehouse to yield $700 million to $800 million in transportation funding a year once the plan ramps-up fully in 2018.
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Hopes rise for deal over Massachusetts transportation spending plans

Apr 12 2013

The Berkshire Eagle

According to an analysis by the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the additions to the Senate bill would bring the increase in annual transportation funding close to $800 million by fiscal year 2018.
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Could the Senate plan provide common ground?

Apr 11 2013

By Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine

The Senate plan moves the Legislature closer to an $800 million target proposed by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in March. The foundation had staked out a middle ground between state lawmakers and the governor that would allow transportation agencies to get a handle on the chronic underinvestment while offering some leeway for modest expansion projects. “On balance, I think this is a good bill,” Michael Widmer, the president of the taxpayers group, told CommonWealth.
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Mass. Tax Foundation favors 9 cent gas tax

Apr 10 2013

By Michael Norton, Colleen Quinn, Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Cape Cod Today`

The foundation also released its analysis of the House and Senate bills, saying the House bill raised $680 million in fiscal 2018 from transportation-related sources that would cover operating budget gaps for transportation agencies in each of the next five years with $130 million available for debt service expenditures in 2018. The Senate proposal, according to MTF, increases transportation funding by about $800 million in fiscal 2018.
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State Senate may add funds to transportation bill

Apr 10 2013

By Jim O'Sullivan, The Boston Globe

“This would be, in my view, a great success for the governor,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Now, he has put on the table a larger package, but this is still an ­important piece. It’s not as if he doesn’t care about it. So I would hope he would sign it.”
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House vote to hike Mass. gas tax leaves few cheering

Apr 10 2013

By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun

Andrew Bagley, director of research and development at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said tying the gasoline tax to inflation would help sustain the buying power of tax revenues, which was not done the last time the gasoline tax was raised in 1991. "If we had indexed the gas tax in 1991 and let it rise, as with virtually all other expenses, we would not have to raise the tax now, and we wouldn't have to raise any other revenues," Bagley said.
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