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Witnesses at hearing 'whittle' transportation plan to $800 million

Mar 13 2013

By Andy Metzger and Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Holbrook Sun

“There’s been a lot of questions, privately and publicly, about how much do we need,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Taxpayers Foundation. He said, “I think the target needs to be $800 million a year for this revenue package.”
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Straus, taxpayers group say public doesn't want income tax hike to pay for transportation

Mar 13 2013

By Steve Decosta, SouthCoast Today

In testimony Tuesday, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, suggested the $1 billion a year sought by the governor might be too rich and that $800 million a year would be enough...Widmer presented a "modest proposal" to raise the $800 million a year solely through transportation fees and taxes, hiking the gas tax by up to 15 cents, plus boosting Registry of Motor Vehicle fees, tolls and fares.
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Coalition urges prompt passage of transportation fix

Mar 12 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Marshfield Mariner

The letter is signed by groups such as Transportation for Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.

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DeLeo suggests smaller tax package to rival governor's

Mar 8 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / North Adams Transcript

Widmer also praised DeLeo for prioritizing transportation improvements and for pledging to have the House consider a transportation finance plan apart from the rest of the state budget. "Modest" increases in the state's 21-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax and in Registry of Motor Vehicle fees were one possible way to tap new revenues, Widmer said, adding that he did not know what lawmakers would decide.
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Tattered roadmap

Mar 8 2013

The Worcester Telegram

A new report contains plenty of analysis and recommendations aimed at shaking up how Massachusetts approaches the age-old problem of getting around. It will add to the conversation about improving the state’s infrastructure, but its language, findings, and recommendations should also elicit hard questions from taxpayers.
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Transportation chief says debate over new revenues is down to 'how and when'

Mar 8 2013

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Marshfield Mariner

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called DeLeo’s response to the governor’s budget “sensible,” “focused,” and “balanced.” “The governor put a very large tax increase on the table that clearly is too ambitious,” Widmer said, supporting “the notion of focusing on the priorities of transportation but doing it in a more measured way.”
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Report urges stepped-up push for transit reform

Mar 7 2013

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Glouscester Times

The report, prepared by transportation experts for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, calls for implementation of basic systems governing agency performance, transparency and communication with the public, on-time project delivery, and asset and project information systems.
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Patrick's latest transportation plan leaves out income-tax hike

Feb 24 2013

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"He took a broader approach, and I certainly understand that," Widmer said. He said, "I think the overarching question in these difficult and uncertain economic times is how much can we ask of the citizens in terms of additional taxes and in what form."
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Editorial: Taxpayers can’t afford Patrick’s plans

Jan 18 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

“Clearly the changes make the state’s tax system more progressive, but it is a large increase to impose on those who make the decisions whether to invest in Massachusetts, especially in a fragile economic environment,” Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told the Associated Press.
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Tax hikes rumored to pay for Patrick's $13b transportation plan

Jan 14 2013

By Janet Wu, WCVB

The plan also is likely to include modest increases in tolls, fares and registry fees, but without a hike in the state income tax, it would difficult to raise an additional $1 billion a year, said Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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