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Report calls for steep cuts in budget

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Mar 5 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Sentinel and Enterprise

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer recommended leaving the "rainy day" fund untouched next year. He also suggested that $160 million in anticipated federal Medicaid reimbursements and $300 million to be saved by restructuring some debt under Patrick's proposal be put back into reserves instead of spending it immediately.
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Editorial: Grim times require a leaner government

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Mar 3 2010

The Eagle Tribune

From the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on the governor's budget for the 2011 fiscal year: "The worst is yet to come."
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Reports calls for bigger state spending cuts, warns of $5B budget gap

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Mar 1 2010

By Michael Norton and Jim O’Sullivan, The Boston Herald / State House News Service

"We've got this huge structural deficit in fiscal 2012 even if the ballot questions aren't approved by the voters," Widmer said. "If they are, it's a $5 billion hole."
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Even an improving economy can't save state budget

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Mar 1 2010

The Metro

"The state budget is so heavily dependent on federal and state reserves that even with an economic recovery, the fiscal 2012 budget will have a huge hole in it and essentially no reserves remaining," said Michael Widmer, president of the foundation.
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Unions’ support is no lock for Patrick

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Mar 1 2010

By Brian C. Mooney, The Boston Globe

"The public employee unions are used to getting their way on Beacon Hill, and this is a broad array of issues in which they've sustained setbacks,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. "The governor has shown leadership in taking on a host of issues that are near and dear to the hearts of public employee unions. Whether the public will give the governor credit is an open question, but the vast majority certainly support these initiatives.''
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Hacks pocketing $2.5M in get-out-of-jail fees

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Feb 28 2010

By Jessica Fargen, The Boston Herald

"This is a striking amount of money these fees are generating for these clerks," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are paid well. This should be part of their responsibilities."
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Curious Why Some Workers Can Cash In Sick Days

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Feb 19 2010

By David Wade, WBZ TV

"This is a troubling policy," says Michael Widmer who heads the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer says that since this kind of deal is virtually unheard of in the private sector, that public employees shouldn't get it either. "Clearly at a time of fiscal crisis this should be examined, and frankly, it should be abolished as quickly as possible," says Widmer.
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State gets $132.7m boost from US

Feb 19 2010

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"It's a bit of good news,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who follows the budget closely. "It doesn't change the fact that we've got two more difficult fiscal years ahead, but additional revenue is certainly good news.''
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Patrick challengers offer ideas to close budget gap

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Feb 18 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"In good economic times, it might be an asset to be the incumbent governor and show spending increases for good causes,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "This kind of fiscal meltdown might be a serious disadvantage to the incumbent.'
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Beacon Hill bids to boost business

Feb 8 2010

By Andrea Estes and Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, praised the new efforts on Beacon Hill. "Massachusetts is legendary for placing obstacles in the way of businesses seeking to preserve jobs, expand, or locate in the state,'' he said. "Streamlining the byzantine process would be a critical step in improving the state's business climate.''
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