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Tax Fairness Commission recommends graduated income tax

Feb 26 2014

By Colleen Quinn, State House News Service / The Daily News

Before they opted not to take a single vote on the entire report, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he planned to vote against the final report, largely because of the graduated income tax recommendation.
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Massachusetts Tax Fairness Commission to recommend lowering state income taxes for the poor, increasing them on the wealthy

Feb 26 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

“The problem with those proposals is they pose a larger tax on the very individuals who are making decisions about where to build their businesses, whether in Massachusetts or other states,” said Michael Widmer, a committee member and president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The only solution to the dilemma facing Massachusetts is to create jobs, and this would undercut the creation of jobs and be counterproductive toward the overall goal of a more competitive Massachusetts economy.”
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Property-tax bills climbing across region

Dec 8 2013

By Grant Welker, The Lowell Sun

"As local aid falls, property taxes are really the only recourse communities have to raise revenues," said Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "You're seeing increased pressure on municipal budgets."
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Tiny cut in Massachusetts income tax expected in new year

Dec 3 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said his organization is anticipating that the .05 percent cut in the income tax will take place on Jan. 1. "It seems like a virtual certainty," Widmer said.
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Mass. tech tax repealed

Sep 28 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Business groups including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were gathering signatures to put a repeal question on next year’s state ballot if lawmakers did not act first.
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Massachusetts Tech Tax Repealed

Sep 28 2013

By Paige Pihl Buckley, GoLocal Worcester

“This is a huge win for the business community,” said Andrew Bagley, Director of Research and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposed the tax from the outset. “We’re absolutely delighted that the legislature and the Governor thought about this and listened to the business community, and came to the conclusion that this was not a good idea and acted quickly to repeal it.”
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A Victory For Tech: Mass. Legislature Votes to Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 27 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"I'm enormously pleased that we're putting this behind us," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that helped organize the ballot initiative against the tax. "It would have been a terrible black mark on Massachusetts if we'd had to endure it over the next year before the voters repealed it. This is much cleaner. I applaud the legislative leadership and the governor for agreeing to the repeal. It's not easy to change course, so I salute them for coming out and acting so quickly."
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Final push for new taxes not expected

Sep 27 2013

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

As the News Service reported at the time, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warned in mid-March, ahead of DeLeo and Murray's scaled-down tax proposal, that Patrick's more expansive tech tax would create a "Pandora's box" of problems for nearly every business in the state.
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One Down, One To Go: Mass. House Votes To Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 25 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"In truth, I don't recall anything in which there has been this kind of change, within 60 days, to reverse course," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told CRN. "That reflects, obviously, the storm that was unleashed, but it also reflects [the legislature's] decision not to wait any longer and act expeditiously."
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Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services

Sep 25 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has been working to repeal the tax, said the repeal is retroactive to July 31 and any company can file for an abatement if it paid the tax. "They've neutralized it completely, which is great," Bagley said.
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