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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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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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