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Baker relied on revenue increases

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Apr 28 2010

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

Though Baker slams Patrick for "spending our state into oblivion,'' state expenditures during the years Baker oversaw the budget grew by an annualized rate of just shy of 5 percent, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan, business-funded watchdog group. Since Patrick presented his first budget, for fiscal year 2008, state spending has increased an average of 2.4 percent, according to the group.
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Editorial: Push for salary parity should not be race to bottom

Apr 27 2010

The Patriot Ledger

"The private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told The Patriot Ledger earlier this month.
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Editorial: A race to the bottom?

Apr 22 2010

The MetroWest Daily News

When it comes to health insurance and other benefits, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told GateHouse News Service, "the private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched."
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Editorial: Doom in 2012?

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Apr 18 2010

Worcester Telegram

Forget the Mayan prophecy of doom for December 2012. The far more likely catastrophe, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is a financial one that will hit with the state budget some months earlier, when the fiscal 2012 budget is put together. MTF warns that by constructing a fiscal 2011 budget that relies heavily on one-time federal funds, Gov. Deval Patrick is setting the state up for serious and widespread budget cuts a year later.
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Pay at many government jobs is higher than in private sector

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Apr 17 2010

By Steve Adams, Stoughton Journal / Gatehouse News Service

For many years, generous benefits were defended as a necessary incentive to attract applicants to lower-paying government jobs. "That may, in fact, have been true at one point, but it's now a myth," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. "The explanation no longer holds water."
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House spending plan cuts local aid $234M

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Apr 15 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the House budget an "improvement" over Patrick's because it relies less on one-time revenue. "From my perspective, it's better to have a lower bottom line and not rely on the rainy day account because we're going to run out of one-time money in fiscal 2012," Widmer said.
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House tenders a $27.8b budget

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Apr 15 2010

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed nonprofit, said of the House budget, "This is an honest reflection of the fiscal straits that the Commonwealth is in.''
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Mass. House releases $27.8B state spending plan; includes $234 million in cuts to local aid Read more at the Washington Examine

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Apr 15 2010

By Steve LeBlanc, The Washington Examiner / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the House budget reflects the state's austere revenue situation. "From a fiscal point of view, this is an improvement on the governor's budget," said Widmer, who defended the House's proposed local aid cuts. "They need to share in the pain given our fiscal realities."
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House budget could spell 1,500 layoffs, slashes higher ed spending

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Apr 15 2010

By Kyle Cheney and Michael Norton, Dover-Sherborn Press / State House New Service

President Michael Widmer, focusing his praise on the committee's decision to stop spending state reserve funds that he said will be needed in fiscal 2012. "The cuts are going to be difficult but they're absolutely essential," Widmer said. Asked about the local aid cut, Widmer said, "They need to share in the pain, given our fiscal realities. Human services has borne the brunt of cuts to date."
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House budget raises state spending 3.2 percent; cuts local aid $234 million

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Apr 14 2010

By Michael Norton, Beverly Citizen / State House News Service

Immediately after the committee vote, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said he expected most of the local aid cut to come from education allocations under the Chapter 70 program and agreed with the assessment that the cut represents the biggest cut in state school aid of the recession cycle.
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