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Obama Campaign Mounts New Assault on Romney’s Record as Massachusetts Governor

May 30 2012

By Jake Tapper, ABC News

But as Factcheck.org notes, the “Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance says that fee increases during Romney’s tenure added up to $260 million per year, with another $174 million raised from closing some corporate tax ‘loopholes.’ The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation puts the revenue total of fee hikes and tax loophole-closings at between $740 and $750 million a year.”

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Our View: Health reform can have impact on municipal budgets

May 30 2012

SouthCoast Today

The law creates a much narrower window for health insurance negotiations, with the threat of a binding arbitrator's decision on the other side of the deadline. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation last week said that the savings are "vastly surpassing expectations."

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Health Cost Issue Divides Former Allies in Mass.

May 29 2012

By Chelsea Conaboy, The Boston Globe

Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a business trade group, has called for tighter controls on spending than the House or Senate has proposed. Its regular allies - including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a research organization for employers - warn against over-regulation.

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Managing the risks of healthcare reform

May 25 2012

By Matt Siegel, Health Management Technology

Six years after the state’s landmark legislation was passed, the Commonwealth has achieved more than 98 percent insurance coverage of its residents, and the Connector Authority, which runs the exchange, recently announced a second consecutive reduction in risk-adjusted payment rates to participating health plans. Furthermore, according to a recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “additional state spending attributable to the health reform law accounted for only 1.4 percent of the Commonwealth’s $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011.”

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Obama campaign targets Romney's record as governor

May 25 2012

By Jeff Mason and Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Romney often says he balanced the state’s budget without raising taxes, but does not mention that he raised about $750 million in revenue each year by closing tax loopholes and raising fees, according to the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Tweet-err: The Obama team’s faulty debt comparison

May 23 2012

By Josh Hicks, The Washington Post

We consulted the non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to gauge Romney’s handling of state debt as governor. “I didn’t get the sense that he attacked the problem or that he exacerbated it,” said Michael Widmer, the group’s president. “The increases weren’t dramatic compared to state finances, but, nonetheless, debt did increase.”

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Mitt Romney said he "actually cut" spending as Massachusetts governor

May 22 2012

By PolitiFact.com, Tampa Bay Times

Romney made a point of contrasting the fiscal record of President Barack Obama with his own record as governor of Massachusetts. We wondered whether that accurately reflected Romney’s fiscal record in the Bay State. ... We turned to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that studies fiscal policy in the state. They provided us with the figures for total state spending.

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Mass. Senate proposes budget plan with no tax hikes

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May 16 2012

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

“In past recoveries, the state has been able to restore spending cuts that took place in the prior recession and then often reach a new high-water mark,’’ said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded budget watchdog group. “That era is over.’’
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Mass. plans vie for savings on health care

May 9 2012

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the ... Senate’s spending benchmark “strikes a better balance than the House between the need to squeeze cost out of the health care system without damaging the state’s world renowned health care sector.’’

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Keller @ Large: Looking Back At Gov. Mitt Romney’s First 100 Days

May 3 2012

Keller @ Large: Looking Back At Gov. Mitt Romney’s First 100 Days

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

“Gov. Mitt Romney’s first budget proposal contains overdue and comprehensive reforms of the way state government operates but is undercut by overstated claims regarding its short-term fiscal benefits," according to the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

 
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