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Sales tax question divides voters

Oct 25 2010

By Caroline Hailey, Cape Cod Times

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy research organization, reported last month that the rollback would cut $2.5 billion from the state budget, adding to the $2 billion deficit in the fiscal year 2012 budget.
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Mass. ballot question would dump alcohol sales tax

Oct 24 2010

By Bob Salsberg, The Boston Globe / AP

It's revenue the state can ill afford to lose, according to Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. His group says the state already faces a potential $2.5 billion budget gap for the next fiscal year, even if Question 1 and Question 3 -- which would reduce the overall sales tax to 3 percent -- are both defeated.
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ENDORSEMENT: Ballot questions 2, 3 would hurt state more than help

Oct 24 2010

Brockton Enterprise

There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t like to see less of their hard-earned money flowing into government coffers. But the gains to be found in slashing the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent are dwarfed when measured against the losses.
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Will it be thumbs up or down?

Oct 24 2010

By Lisa Eckelbecker, Worcester Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a research group, reported last week that Ms. Howell's calculations erroneously inflated spending by including lottery receipts, capital spending and transfers between funds.
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Fargo, Martinez locked in reprise

Oct 24 2010

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, The Boston Globe

According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Question 3 would take $2.5 billion out of the state’s coffers, and likely result in across-the-board cuts of approximately 30 percent in virtually all state programs, including local aid, higher education, human services, prisons, courts, environmental protection, and state parks and beaches.
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Vote no on Question 3: Save services

Oct 22 2010

By Juli Brazile, The Arlington Advocate

Next, I visited the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation website. Walking through the report, I saw that over the past two years, as the economy slowed, we cut about $2 billion from the state budget.
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Editorial: Nov. 2 ballot questions -- No, no, and no

Oct 21 2010

Harwich Oracle

We put our faith in data and information compiled by independent entities, such as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which, after studying the ramifications of the proposed reduction has found there would indeed be very significant cuts to virtually all state programs, including local aid, education and healthcare, to name a few.
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THE VOTE: Question 3: Sales and use tax rates

Oct 21 2010

Plymouth Bulletin

According to a report released recently by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF), reducing the sales tax as much as Question 3 requires would result in across-the-board cuts of almost 30 percent. The business-backed MTF concludes, “It is impossible to overstate the enormity of the consequences of reducing state revenues by $2.5 billion.”
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Editorial: Massachusetts ballot questions: No, No and No

Oct 20 2010

The Daily Collegian

According to the non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, if the alcohol tax question and Question 3, which would reduce the sales tax to three percent starting next year, pass, the state budget gap for FY 2012 will widen to $5 billion.
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Tax cuts could take time, Baker says

Oct 20 2010

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the timing of Baker’s tax cuts is critical, because if Baker were to sign them next year, they would increase the deficit to about $4.5 billion and “require drastic cuts across all of state government,’’ including cuts to local aid and higher education.
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