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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But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it.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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Rep sees broad base of film tax credit support in House

Apr 1 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Nashoba Publishing

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny testified in support of Baker's bill, calling the film credit "highly inefficient" while she said the money spent on the earned income tax credit would largely flow back into the state's economy. McAnneny cautioned that any expansion in the EITC should paired with offsetting revenue or budget savings, and should be administered carefully to avoid fraud or filing errors.
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Good riddance to the Mass. film tax credit

Mar 8 2015

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

It’s good politics, but also good policy. In that quest, Baker has the blessing of Michael J. Widmer, the outgoing president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who during his farewell gala speech took time to declare, “By the way, Charlie, I strongly agree with that proposal.”
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Editorial: End Mass. film tax credit

Mar 3 2015

The Boston Globe

Report after report has shown that the number of jobs created is small, and that much of the money flows to out-of-state movie stars. The program has attracted criticism from across the political spectrum, from left-leaning groups, like the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, to the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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In Marblehead, 14.94-percent tax-bill hike since 2011

Feb 12 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop. 2 1/2,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Area homeowners see increase in property tax bills

Feb 7 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Taunton Daily Gazette

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop 2½,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Tax cut coming Jan. 1

Jan 7 2015

By Gary Tuoti, SouthCoast Today

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects a total state budget deficit of more than $1 billion.
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Carbon tax could be tough sell on Beacon Hill

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Jan 4 2015

By Jay Fitzgerald, The Boston Globe

“The idea of a ‘carbon tax’ opens up a huge public policy question involving hundreds of moving pieces,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal watchdog group. “It won’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of time and a lot of debate to convince people.”
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Governor Deval Patrick’s hits and misses

Dec 17 2014

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

When all is said and done,under Deval Patrick, businesses collectively pay at least $150 million more annually in taxes, according to Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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