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On Election Day, vote ‘No’ on all three ballot questions

Oct 13 2010

By Acia Adams-Heath and Symone Crawford, Dorchester Reporter

According to a recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Question 3 would force layoffs of thousands of teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The foundation said in its statement that the cuts would “seriously compromise the core services provided by local government – education and public safety” and would fall most severely on cities and poorer communities. Vote No to defeat this dangerous proposal.
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Editorial: This Is Not the Time to Slash the Sales Tax

Oct 12 2010

BusinessWest Online

First, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently issued a report laying out the consequences of a sales-tax reduction of this magnitude. In it, the agency asserts that there will be a cut in local aid of $450 million, on top of $700 million in cuts since 2009. But the report also states, “there is no evidence that the reduction in the sales-tax rate would generate any meaningful increase in private-sector employment, let alone on a scale to compensate for the large reduction in municipal employment.”
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A Taxing Choice

Oct 11 2010

By Brandon Butler, Worcester Business Journal Online

“It would require huge cuts in support for education, health care, transportation, public safety, human services and a host of other programs that are critical for the future of the Massachusetts economy,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a non-partisan independent budget and policy group in Boston. “It’s a gargantuan hole that comes after three years of budget cutting.”
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Baker’s ‘woman’ problem

Oct 10 2010

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

How does it add up? It doesn’t, according to Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Baker’s package of proposed reforms tallys only about $500 million, not enough to offset projected revenue drops.
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EDITORIAL: Think hard before cutting taxes

Oct 8 2010

Gate House News Service / Duxbury Reporter

For those voters, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has provided a detailed picture of the likely impact of Question 3, which would cut the state sales tax from its current 6.25 percent to 3 percent. The title of its new report tells us where Question 3 would lead the state: “Heading Over the Cliff.” The MTF is not a group of sky-is-falling liberals. Funded by business, its orientation is fiscally conservative, in the old-fashioned sense of accurate accounting, balanced budgets and the efficient delivery of vital services. All of those are jeopardized by Question 3.
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McGoodwin says sales tax vote will affect budget

Oct 7 2010

By Micah Flores, Marshfield Mariner

Citing a recent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report, McGoodwin said rolling back the tax would in turn lead to cuts in local aid — cuts that would result in thousands of layoffs of municipal employees.
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Campaign 2010: Sales tax cut debate gets testy

Oct 6 2010

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

But Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, countered that the question's passage would force layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters, and lead to "chaos" at the State House, where lawmakers and Gov. Deval Patrick raised the tax from 5 percent last year.
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Mayor wants council to oppose Question 1

Oct 5 2010

By Nick Kotsopoulos, Worcester Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated that if voters approve Questions 1 and 3, it will decrease state revenues for the remaining six months of this fiscal year by $1.05 billion - $50 million for Question 1 and $1 billion for Question 3.
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Costello, Troyli at odds on tax cut

Oct 4 2010

By Katie Farrell Lovett, Daily News

The business-backed watchdog group, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, released a report last week saying the rollback would result in massive spending cuts and elimination of services from education and public safety to health and human service programs.
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