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‘Significant’ cuts feared for budget

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Dec 13 2010

By Laurel J. Sweet, The Boston Herald

That’s the dire prediction Michael J. Widmer, longtime president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, will deliver at tomorrow morning’s Consensus Revenue Hearing at the State House as several economic gurus gather to advise Patrick and the Legislature before they get down to business building the next budget. Facing the loss of between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in one-time federal stimulus money, Widmer said, “I think we’re going to have another round of significant layoffs.
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Public services to take hit in '12

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Dec 9 2010

By Jennifer Myers, The Lowell Sun

"We cannot afford to continue to pay this level of benefits for employees and retirees in Lowell or the other 350 communities without sacrificing schools, public safety, libraries, public works, the basic services that people expect from a community," Widmer told a group of about 20 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. "We have to attack this problem."
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Pol cites ‘huge potential’ for savings by nixing sheriffs’ offices

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Nov 29 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the state needs to keep tighter reins on sheriff spending. “The state clearly needs to have closer oversight of the sheriffs’ offices and follow up on the auditor reports, which have identified several problems,” Widmer said.
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Editorial: Redefining 'normal'

Nov 19 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

Most strikingly, Mr. Widmer, whose organization is a respected independent watchdog, said there may never be a "return to normal" in terms of the state's economy.
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Mass. economic forecast: 'Precarious,' with a chance of slow growth

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Nov 18 2010

By Matt Murphy, Brookline Tab / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated the state’s structural deficit to be $2 billion or more in fiscal 2012, based on the state’s use of “rainy day” funds and federal stimulus dollars to balance the current budget.
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State budget expert projects $2B shortfall, aid cuts

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Nov 17 2010

By Trevor Jones, The Berkshire Eagle

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent, public policy watchdog organization, spoke at Town Hall to an audience made up mostly of municipal and school officials, projecting a $2 billion shortfall for the 2012 state budget and a 5 to 10 percent cut in local aid.
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Hedlund, other Republicans in state Senate collect leadership stipends

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Nov 15 2010

By Chris Cassidy, Enterprise News

"It's certainly worth the Republicans reviewing this in the context of their numbers," said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "I think it's small dollars in terms of the state's finances. But, symbolically, having each of the four members with a leadership position is certainly strange."
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How much is enough?

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Nov 13 2010

By Adrian Walker, The Boston Globe

Professional watchdog Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation defended the Kinton raise up to a point, noting that high-quality managers have to be paid accordingly, and that Massport’s boss clearly qualifies as a strong performer.
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Even without any underlings, rank in Senate has privileges

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Nov 12 2010

By Chris Cassidy, The Salem News

"It's certainly worth the Republicans reviewing this in the context of their numbers," said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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State outlook brightens

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Nov 10 2010

By John J. Monahan, Telegram & Gazette

Municipal leaders at the meeting from around the state said they were advised by Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael J. Widmer to plan for possible cuts in local aid of 5 to 10 percent next year.
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