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Baker: Too many Deval Patrick projects, too little dough

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Jun 12 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

What we’re now beginning to see is the constraints on the state’s capital spending,” said Andy Bagley, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We have enormous infrastructure needs, and this is a clear signal that we don’t currently have the resources
needed,” he said. “We’re 
going to have to start making very difficult decisions.”
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Lawmakers grapple over tax fairness

Jun 10 2015

By Christian Wade, CNHI Statehouse Bureau

“There’s no question that the purpose of this measure is to increase progressivity in the state’s income tax code,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which supports the current flat tax. “The unanswered question is whether this is a move towards a graduated tax or something in place of it.”
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The Struggle to Tax the Cloud

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Jun 1 2015

By Liz Farmer, Governing

But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it. Opposition from the state’s business forces rained down pressure on lawmakers. The new law, they claimed, was putting them out of business. “It got very bruising,” says Andrew Bagley, research and public affairs director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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State House chambers turn to SJC to settle feud

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May 23 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“I do know many moons ago I was a staffer at the State House, and the Legislature does ask for guidance from the courts from time to time,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the 
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “You have two equal branches from the Legislature that have a difference of opinion on a pretty important issue and probably a precedent-setting issue.”
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Early-ed spending up in Senate’s proposed $38 billion state budget

May 12 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate’s approach is “woefully inadequate.” “There are serious financial challenges plaguing the T,” she said. “And it looks like [the Senate is] putting the burden on the administration to change everything without giving them the tools they had requested.”
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State clears way for 5,000 workers to retire early

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May 5 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

How well the administration keeps key parts of state government running with a sudden exodus of thousands of employees will, in large measure, determine how sustained Baker’s victory is, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The loss of the 5,000 state employees at once certainly poses some managerial challenges for the Baker administration,” McAnneny said.
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House leaders unveil $38 billion budget

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May 2 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
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House leaders target education, transportation, local aid in budget

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Apr 24 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example, spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
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$15 billion - What Massachusetts needs to pay retiree insurance benefits for 30 years, but doesn't have

Apr 24 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Each year we delay action on this, the problem gets bigger and more unwieldy," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has studied the impact of retiree benefits on state and local governments.
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House releases $38b budget, holds line on taxes, fees

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Apr 15 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Overall, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Wednesday’s budget is fiscally responsible and holds the line on spending. She praised its efforts at MBTA reform — which include the Pacheco law suspension, audits of the T’s finances and maintenance, and efforts aimed at streamlining procurement. But, she added, the budget does some things “that cause us concern,” such as using the money intended for the rainy day fund.
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