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Higher tax collections, modest growth predicted FY15

Dec 11 2013

By Christine Lee, WWLP

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer cautioned that the projected rise in revenue is less than in past economic recoveries that grew by 6 to 7 percent. They say most of the money will be quickly absorbed by current spending obligations. “One looks are things like debt service, pensions, Medicaid, other built in obligations consume a lion’s share of that $1.1 billion in additional spending,” said Widmer.

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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 tech tax repealed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Massachusetts Tech Tax Repealed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would have been a terrible black mark on Massachusetts if we'd had to endure it over the next year before the voters repealed it.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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Massachusetts House To Vote To Repeal "Tech Tax"

Sep 25 2013

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

But legislative leaders and Governor Patrick say they’ve been persuaded by critics, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the tax is bad for business.
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Editorial: Repeal the tech tax

Sep 15 2013

MetroWest Daily News

Some voices were raised about the tech tax, especially after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released an analysis showing the bill would bring in not $160 million, but as much as $500 million. This page raised the alarm as well, but DeLeo and Murray pressed ahead.
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