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Gov. Deval Patrick’s ‘painful’ choices

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Jan 27 2011

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

“A lot of things have to go right in this budget in order for it to be balanced,” said Michael Widmer, a fiscal watchdog who is president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Commission. Widmer called Patrick’s plan to save $1 billion in MassHealth and other health-care costs by renegotiating health insurance coverage “highly unlikely.”
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Steep cuts in Patrick’s budget plan

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Jan 27 2011

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Yet the governor acknowledged the stark reality that most residents will see less support from the state next year. Higher education would lose $116 million, in part due to the loss of federal money, and human services would lose $115 million, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group.

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Patrick offers state's first $30 billion budget, critics protest cuts

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Jan 26 2011

By Kyle Cheney and Michael Norton, The Dover-Sherborn Press / State House News Service

Widmer said the governor’s proposal included $115 million in cuts from human services programs. He also described savings estimates offered by the governor for a variety of estimates “a stretch” to achieve in the upcoming fiscal year.
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Gov. Patrick cuts 900 jobs in bare-bones budget

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Jan 26 2011

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massacahusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the lean proposal, “the most painful budget because its in year four of budget cuts.
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Widmer: Fiscal crisis to last a while

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Jan 26 2011

By Anthony Schinella, Belmont Citizen-Herald

Because there is an expected budget gap of more than $1.5 billion, the governor’s budget will be an outline of what the House and Senate present. Last year, Patrick level-funded local aid but Widmer said it wasn’t a realistic proposal. The House and Senate trimmed local aid in the final budgets.
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Patrick Unveils $30.5B Budget Proposal

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Jan 26 2011

By Steve Brown, WBUR

Before the proposal was released, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer identified Medicaid as one area the governor would likely target. “So when one looks at this budget, the only way to really try to bring over the longer-term some stability to it, needs to control the rate of growth of Medicaid,” Widmer said.
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Deval hopes to boost youth aid despite cuts

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Jan 24 2011

By Christine McConville, The Boston Herald

“The details are critical, and we don’t have any details at this point,” said Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer. “I don’t think he’ll propose a tax increase in his budget, but the question is, ‘Where are cuts going to come from, and how deep will they be?’ ”
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Mass. budget builders agree on $20.5B in revenues

Jan 18 2011

By Glen Johnson, The Boston Globe / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, branded the figure "reasonable" and said, "It's slightly on the conservative side, which is a good thing."
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Gov. Deval Patrick to unveil budget cuts to cities and towns in Western Massachusetts

Jan 17 2011

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said local officials should expect a 5 percent reduction in local aid. All categories of local aid total about $5.1 billion in the budget.
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Patrick grants managers 3% raise

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Jan 10 2011

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a frequent critic of state spending, said the state risks sapping morale if managers continue to go without a pay raise.
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