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Voters reject cut in sales tax

Nov 3 2010

By Steve Adams, The Patriot Ledger

A study by the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation said the tax cut would increased a projected $2 billion budget deficit for the state’s 2012 fiscal year to $4.5 billion.
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Nov 3 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

A likely $2 billion deficit in next year’s budget, said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer.
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Alcohol tax repealed; sales tax stays at 6.25 percent

Nov 3 2010

By Beth Perdue, South Coast Today

If passed, Question 3 would have eliminated $2.5 billion from the state budget and, with an effective date of Jan. 1, would have forced large mid-year cuts across state government, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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A very big question

Nov 2 2010

By Jesse Singal, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, head of the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, is the go-to person on this issue, since his group has studied it closely and come out strongly opposed (as has the Globe's editorial board).

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Editorial: No on Question 3

Oct 31 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which produced the $2.5 billion estimate in lost revenue, goes further to assert that passage would result in 28 percent budget cuts to virtually all state programs and the layoff of thousands of municipal employees.
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3 questions await voters on Tuesday

Oct 31 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

Michael Widmer of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the budget is closer to $30 billion. He said Howell is counting it as spending every time the state shifts money from one account to another or pays out a Lottery prize.
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Tax cuts then and now

Oct 30 2010

By Renee Loth, The Boston Globe

“There are very obvious differences,’’ said Michael Widmer of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposes Question 3. “We’re in the middle of a fiscal crisis.’’
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Boon or boondoggle? Sales-tax cut debated

Oct 29 2010

By Steve Adams, The Patriot Ledger

In September, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a 13-page report that examines the potential impact of Question 3. The foundation projects that cutting the sales tax would decrease revenues by $2.5 billion. That would increase the state’s projected fiscal 2012 deficit from $2 billion to $4.5 billion, the report says.
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Analyst hits Baker tax cut vows

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Oct 29 2010

By John J. Monahan , Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which produced the widely cited $2 billion deficit estimate in an analysis earlier this year, said Mr. Baker’s promises of an income and sales tax rollback are dubious because of the budget problem.
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Ballot questions address tax hikes and the future of 40B

Oct 29 2010

By Jayne M. Miller, Tewksbury Town Crier

The effect, say opponents like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, would be 30 percent cuts to services across the board, including teachers, public safety, prisons, higher education and more. Ultimately, a low sales tax would put upward pressure on property taxes, contends the MTF.
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