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Brockton, towns cash in on meals tax

Aug 5 2014

By Ed Donga, The Enterprise

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can still be important. “It has been an important factor in the recession and recovery when it filled in cuts to state aid,” she said. “And if a city or town is bumping against property tax limits, it’s an important source of additional revenue to them.”
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Sales tax holiday forces a reality check

Aug 3 2014

By Alli Knothe, Telegram & Gazette

"The impact on the budget is really marginal at best," said Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Boston-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He said it is difficult to argue against something viewed favorably by both businesses and consumers.

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Voters would pay for road fixes — close to home

Jul 24 2014

By Martine Powers, The Boston Globe

Andrew C. Bagley, director of research and public affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said it’s natural for voters to care most about the roads and bridges they see every day — especially, he added, when they fear that they have become so outdated they are dangerous. “People understand the importance of transportation infrastructure,” Bagley said. “Particularly, they’re thinking about their concerns over safety as they begin to appreciate how much of our infrastructure is obsolete or substandard.”
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Sales tax holiday likely to return to Massachusetts for 2014, despite Senate vote

May 28 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he does not think this year will be any different. "They do it every year. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't come to pass," Widmer said.
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Automatic gas tax emerging as key campaign issue in Mass.

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May 26 2014

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Telegram & Gazette

''It's a tiny increase,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Yet it would generate significant revenue to help the state keep up with road and bridge maintenance, he said. Widmer said it was politically unrealistic to expect the Legislature to revisit the gas tax on its own anytime soon, given that it hadn't touched the tax in more than two decades.
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Prop 2½ waivers mostly waived off at polls

May 25 2014

By Donna Boynton, Telegram & Gazette

"This is more or less a permanent condition," Mr. Widmer said, noting only modest increases in local aid that compete with rising costs of employee benefits, pensions and health care costs that are burdening communities lead to the need for overrides. "I think this reflects a growing sentiment on the part of taxpayers that they expect their government to manage within the means available. I think taxpayers' patience with overrides and the support for them is waning."
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Has IT come of age politically?

Apr 26 2014

By Noah Guiney, The Boston Globe

Certainly those concerned about the state’s business climate were glad to see the tech execs speak up about the tax. “It was the most damaging proposal I’ve seen in my career — and I don’t say that lightly,” says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the group that first flagged the tax in the budget.
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Property taxes on the rise across Massachusetts

Apr 19 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, The Herald News

“I don’t think the bills are increasing at a pace that’s unusual compared to historic increases, but the expectation is communities are going to have fewer resources available and are trying to do more with less,” Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation policy analyst Carolyn Ryan said.
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Call to audit tax breaks brings howls

Mar 11 2014

By Steven Syre, The Boston Globe

The heads of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation came together to write a letter to the chairmen of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue, warning about the “chilling” implications of the auditor’s plans.
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Massachusetts Lawmakers Examine “Fairness” of State Tax Code

Mar 3 2014

By Zeke Wright, GoLocalWorcester

Michael Widmer, a member of the committee and president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, voted against the graduated income tax measure, saying it would undercut the creation of jobs and be counterproductive toward the goal of a more competitive economy.
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