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State tax revenue on the rebound, officials now say

Dec 17 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"I do feel that we have reached, or are close to reaching, the bottom,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It's been a long slide, to say the least.''
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2011 state deficit pegged at $3 billion

Dec 17 2009

By Nancy Reardon, The Enterprise

"We're facing a very difficult fiscal 2011 that will probably require cuts to the magnitude of 2010," said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Mass. Taxpayers Foundation sees 3.7 percent revenue growth in FY11

Dec 16 2009

Arlington Advocate / State House News Service

State tax collections will remain flat this fiscal year but grow at a 3.7 percent clip in fiscal 2011, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates. "We see the beginning of an economic recovery but it will be slow and employment growth in fiscal 2011 will be minimal," foundation president Michael Widmer told the News Service Tuesday afternoon.
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Mass. Taxpayers Association director Michael Widmer criticizes Patrick administration for hiring 1,300 new workers during budget

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Dec 15 2009

The Republican / AP

Michael J. Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, told the Boston Herald there needs to be better scrutiny of new state hires during a financial crisis.
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Editorial: Budget woes mounting

Dec 15 2009

The Boston Herald

But the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that the combination of executive branch and legislative action actually only solved about $450 million of the shortfall - which is broader than anyone wants to admit. And no one seems to want to take the even more difficult steps to close it.
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Critics slam Deval Patrick over hiring spree

Dec 15 2009

By Joe Dwinell and Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"In the middle of this fiscal meltdown there should be a close scrutiny of new hires, and that doesn't seem to be reflected here," said Michael Widmer, executive director of the business-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Association.
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Beacon Hill: How bad is state’s economy?

Dec 13 2009

Worcester Telegram / AP

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who is also scheduled to testify, said the state is facing a shortfall for the current fiscal year in the hundreds of millions, and a gaping $3 billion hole for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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Lawmakers To Hear Latest Fiscal Forecasts

Dec 12 2009

WCVB TV / AP

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who is also scheduled to testify, said the state is facing a shortfall for the current fiscal year in the hundreds of millions and a gaping $3 billion hole for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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State watchdog predicts $3B budget deficit in fiscal 2011

Dec 11 2009

By Craig M. Douglas, The Nashville Business Journal

The state's heavy reliance on one-time financial stopgaps and divergent priorities being pursued by the state's executive and legislative branches have put the commonwealth on course for "serious" cost cutting and budget shortfalls that should exceed $3 billion in fiscal 2011, according to a Boston-based fiscal watchdog.
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Tax group: Mass. still faces budget gap

Dec 11 2009

The Providence Business News

"The implications are getting more and more serious in terms of basic services, whether it's local schools, fire and police or human service programs or health care or public higher education," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Executive Director Michael Widmer told WBUR-FM 90.9.
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