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Spilka hopes to give taxpayers a break

Jul 21 2009

By Michael Morton, Metro Daily News

However, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said there are other tools for municipalities to collect late payments, such as tax liens, with Spilka's bill coming at an inopportune time.
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Who comes first in the state?

Jul 12 2009

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, who heads the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, supports the universal healthcare law. What Patrick is trying to do is "the right thing,'' said Widmer. But, given the current budget crisis, "it's problematic,'' he added. "It requires cutting in other areas. . . . There are a lot of moving pieces.''
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Mass. revenue drop ‘worst in 50 years’

Jul 8 2009

By Ted Nesi , Providence Business News

"June is the final exclamation point on this unbelievably bad year,'' Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Globe. "This is the worst year-to-year tax drop ... in more than 50 years. Maybe ever.'' He predicted the state will suffer four years of budget cuts.
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Mass. legislators delay plans to override Gov. Deval Patrick's vetoes in wake of drop in anticipated revenues

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Jul 8 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

The June revenue numbers mean that tax collections for fiscal 2009 will be $2.7 billion below the prior fiscal year, or a decline of about 13 percent, according to Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer said the collapse in revenues is unprecedented.
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Mass. revenues plummet again

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Jul 8 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"June is the final exclamation point on this unbelievably bad year,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded government watchdog. "This is the worst year-to-year tax drop . . . in more than 50 years. Maybe ever."
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State payroll on the rise

Jul 8 2009

By Matt Murphy, North Adams Transcript

"I don't know the explanations behind this, but that's really troubling," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers. "It certainly raises a question given the size of the cuts to programs," Widmer said. "If we're cutting basic payments to cities and towns we certainly should be looking closely at the state payroll."
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Lawmakers tout budget work

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Jul 4 2009

By Eric Moskowitz, The Boston Globe

"It is noteworthy that in the midst of this enormous fiscal crisis, the Legislature delivered a budget to the governor on time - a reasonably sound, if painful, budget,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Gov. Deval Patrick signs budget, cuts local funds

Jun 29 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the budget will be "a body blow" for most municipalities. Widmer said it will mean cuts in teachers, police, fire and public works. "We're going to see thousands of layoffs across the commonwealth," Widmer said.
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Patrick stresses upside of tax hikes

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Jun 27 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"There's no fiscal crisis of the last 50 years that hasn't had both major spending cuts and a broad-based tax increase,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded fiscal watchdog group. "In that context, the sales tax, I think, was predictable because of the size of the revenue collapse.''
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Tax drop feeding state woes

Jun 27 2009

By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he believes state unemployment will probably top out in the first or second quarter next year, and that the national economy will probably hit bottom in the third or fourth quarter of 2009. "Massachusetts will trail, as it regularly does following a recession, and unemployment always trails a recession," Widmer told a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday.
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