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Aid cut spectre raised

Nov 10 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that municipal officials should prepare for anywhere from a 5 to 10 percent cut in local aid for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
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Olver, Story notch landslide victories, look ahead

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Nov 5 2010

By Ben Storrow, Amherst Bulletin

She also noted the commonwealth's gapping budget deficit, estimated by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to reach as high as $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2012. She said she would fight for a higher income tax.
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Questions weigh heavy on the state

Nov 3 2010

By Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Herald

“I think if it had passed, it would have been devastating to the people of Massachusetts. I‘m pleased it went down,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Voters reject cut in sales tax

Nov 3 2010

By Steve Adams, The Patriot Ledger

A study by the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation said the tax cut would increased a projected $2 billion budget deficit for the state’s 2012 fiscal year to $4.5 billion.
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Beacon Hill hornet’s nest

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Nov 3 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

A likely $2 billion deficit in next year’s budget, said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer.
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Alcohol tax repealed; sales tax stays at 6.25 percent

Nov 3 2010

By Beth Perdue, South Coast Today

If passed, Question 3 would have eliminated $2.5 billion from the state budget and, with an effective date of Jan. 1, would have forced large mid-year cuts across state government, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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A very big question

Nov 2 2010

By Jesse Singal, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, head of the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, is the go-to person on this issue, since his group has studied it closely and come out strongly opposed (as has the Globe's editorial board).

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Editorial: No on Question 3

Oct 31 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which produced the $2.5 billion estimate in lost revenue, goes further to assert that passage would result in 28 percent budget cuts to virtually all state programs and the layoff of thousands of municipal employees.
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3 questions await voters on Tuesday

Oct 31 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

Michael Widmer of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the budget is closer to $30 billion. He said Howell is counting it as spending every time the state shifts money from one account to another or pays out a Lottery prize.
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Tax cuts then and now

Oct 30 2010

By Renee Loth, The Boston Globe

“There are very obvious differences,’’ said Michael Widmer of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposes Question 3. “We’re in the middle of a fiscal crisis.’’
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