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Income inequality impacting state tax revenues

Sep 15 2014

By Tiffany Chan, WWLP

The President of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation argues that it would only target the upper-class. “I think the proponents, many of them of the graduated income tax really want to be able to raise taxes on the higher income people without having to raise taxes on everybody,” said President Michael Widmer.
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New study suggests overhauling state personal income tax could help with revenue

Sep 15 2014

By Philip Marcelo, AP / The Republic

Michael Widmer, a member of the Tax Fairness Commission who opposed the recommendation, says such an overhaul would only compound income inequality by discouraging business investment. The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed research group, he suggested more "modest" changes to the tax code, such as raising the value of certain tax exemptions for individuals and married couples. "That goes directly to the spending power of that person on the lower end that's living in a high cost state and trying to make ends meet," Widmer said.
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Meals tax has generated $357M in state revenue

Aug 31 2014

By Gerry Tuoti and Marc Larocque, Taunton Daily Gazette

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 be important.
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Meals tax brings $650,000 to Norwood

Aug 11 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, Norwood transcript

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 be important.
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Meals tax a boon for towns

Aug 11 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, MetroWest Daily News

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 be useful. "It has been an important factor in 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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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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