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MBTA: Federal Funding for Green Line at Risk Under Recent Proposal

Apr 4 2013

By Chris Orchard, Medford Patch

"I do believe the leadership in the legislature is listening," he said. "The question is, is the number the right number?" He pointed to another proposal by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that called for $800 million in additional transportation funding. "We need to make sure the math works," he said of the various proposals.
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Fear and loathing on the tax trail

Apr 4 2013

By Paul McMorrow, CommonWealth Magazine

There are plenty of avenues to contest Patrick’s tax proposal on. Michael Widmer, the president of the Massa­chu­setts Taxpayers Foundation, says that while businesses and interest groups outside the State House were expecting a push on transportation funding, Patrick’s bid to add spending on education caught many by surprise. As a result, he argues, the programs Patrick wants to fund haven’t been vetted fully, and come with much less oversight built in.
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Governor responds to defeat of $1.9B tax hike plan

Apr 3 2013

By John J. Monahan, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

While Republicans said the tax hikes are not needed, some business groups including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation called the smaller legislative package a reasonable approach. But groups advocating for significant increases in education and transportation funding expressed frustration with the House-Senate leaders' tax package.
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Lawmakers' revenue plan would hike gas, tobacco taxes

Apr 3 2013

By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun

The House and Senate plan is significantly less than the $1 billion in new transportation revenue Patrick proposed or the $800 million in transportation revenue that Michael Widmer, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president, said the government would need to fix the state's transportation infrastructure.
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Sen. Wolf urges caution on new budget and transportation bill

Apr 3 2013

By Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Cape Code Today

Andy Bagley, research director for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called it "eminently reasonable" for the Legislature to delay decisions on major expansion projects while focusing on what needs to be fixed now.
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Tax tag team

Apr 2 2013

By Paul McMorrow, CommonWealth Magazine

Curtatone noted that the Legislature’s proposal wasn’t just smaller than the governor’s plan: It’s also far smaller than the $800 million suggested by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Pioneer Institute transportation report stirs debate

Mar 28 2013

By Ira Kantor, The Boston Globe

Though Pioneer said raising T fares to reflect 45 percent of the system’s operating cost would save $61 million annually, the math, on the surface, would equate to hikes of at least 10 percent a year for five years, said Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. Bagley added that a gas tax was the most efficient way of raising transportation revenues, but Pioneer’s incremental three-cent hike “sounds a little small and if it’s not indexed that seems like a missed opportunity.”
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For transportation secretary, Patrick’s bill means going into campaign mode

Mar 23 2013

By Martine Powers, The Boston Globe

“It’s really unprecedented,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, on Davey’s crusade. “In all my years, I don’t recall such a single-minded campaign by a nonelected state official.”
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Editorial: Time for state to invest wisely in education, transporation

Mar 23 2013

The Republican

As far as transportation is concerned, we sympathize with the position of Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who argues that the most appropriate way to raise funds for transportation is from user taxes and fees. We support a modest increase in the gas tax with future increases tied to the cost of living.
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Patrick's transportation tax plan going nowhere fast

Mar 13 2013

By Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a long-time advocate for increased transportation investments, said the state could make do with $800 million annually, 20 percent less than what Patrick asked for. He gave the gas tax a thumbs-up, warning that an income tax increase would go into general revenues and would not necessarily flow to transportation, while skimming over the fact that under Patrick’s plan sales tax revenues would go exclusively to transportation as well as education.
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