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Editorial: City’s sharp property-tax hike shows need for fiscal restraint

Dec 27 2010

The Boston Globe

But many communities will manage to get by with lower property tax increases than the one just announced in Boston, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Congress seat loss may not mean money cut

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Dec 23 2010

By Christine McConville, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation agreed federal funds that pay to repave roads, rebuild schools and fuel research should keep flowing into the Bay State.

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Congress seat loss may not mean money cut

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Dec 22 2010

By Christine McConville, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation agreed federal funds that pay to repave roads, rebuild schools and fuel research should keep flowing into the Bay State.
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Taxpayers' report should sound alarms

Dec 21 2010

By Ray Lamont, Gloucester Daily Times

As municipal leaders craft their new budgets, they'd better do so with real eyes on very real reform. We've talked of reaching a budget year when push comes to shove regarding public-sector jobs and benefits. The Taxpayers' Foundation report shows it's here.
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Our View: Cities, towns at the precipice

Dec 20 2010

The Salem News

The news from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation last week was grim, but hardly surprising: Declining state aid will require cities and towns to rely more heavily on property taxes to meet expenses; and a decline in new growth is shifting more of the burden of paying those taxes onto homeowners. Those were among the findings of the MTF's 40th annual analysis of local revenue and spending trends released last Thursday.
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Editorial: Bay State awaits more budget blood

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Dec 16 2010

The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is predicting a 5 to 10 percent cut in state aid to cities and towns.
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Budget chief: Mass. to cut spending by up to $1.5B

Dec 14 2010

Bennington Banner

"The 2012 budget will require yet another round of cuts in local aid, human services, higher education and almost all other state programs," foundation President Michael Widmer said.
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Legislative leaders projecting $2B budget gap

Dec 14 2010

By Matt Murphy and Kyle Cheney, The Belmont Citizen Herald / State House News Service

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and one of the forecasters who will present at Tuesday’s revenue hearing, told the News Service he believes the state will see “modest growth” in tax collections in the fiscal year that begins next July, about a 5 percent rise to $20.5 billion.
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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo predicts deep spending cuts

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Dec 14 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, has said that municipal officials should expect a 5 to 10 percent cut in local aid for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
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Expert: Unlikely Economy Will Grow Enough To Close $2B Shortfall

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Dec 14 2010

By Bob Oakes, WBUR

Widmer joined WBUR’s Bob Oakes during Tuesday’s Morning Edition to give a preview of the stark budget message he’ll take to Beacon Hill. “The reality is this year’s fiscal 2011 includes more than $2 billion of one-time money, mostly stimulus dollars,” Widmer said. “We will not have any one-time money to speak of for the fiscal 2012 budget. So we don’t expect — nobody expects– that the economy will grow at anything close to the rate to close that huge $2 billion hole for fiscal 2012.”
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