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$1B less to force more budget cuts

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May 1 2009

By Edward Mason and Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called Patrick's initiative "unusual," and said he's never seen a governor refile a budget. But his group estimates revenue is off by $1 billion, and lawmakers have to recalibrate expectations.
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State revenues continue free fall

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May 1 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"We're in a free-fall here," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The collapse of revenue is so huge that all of the options seem impossible - cuts of that magnitude or additional revenue of that magnitude."
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Slipping revenues undermining House budget

Apr 30 2009

SHNS / Cape Ann Beacon

"This budget's going to be at least a billion dollars out of balance," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said of the plan the House is debating.
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Mass. lawmakers try to hammer out budget

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Apr 30 2009

By Alison King, NECN

Michael Widmer/Mass. Taxpayers Foundation: The collapse of revenues is so huge, that all of the options seem impossible. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer says those options include draconian cuts to local aid, health care, human services and higher education.
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Quinn cut would take toll

Apr 30 2009

By Connie Paige, The Boston Globe

"I think there is a serious question whether this kind of expenditure is justified," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Is education a good thing? Yes. There's some merit to the argument that it's better to have a police officer that's better educated. The problem is the premium paid for education - the cost of it and the entitlement nature of it."
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House, but not Driscoll, backs sales tax hike

Apr 28 2009

By Robert Aicardi, Braintree Forum

According to the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a one percent increase in the state sales tax would cost the average taxpayer an extra $122 a year.
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Broadside: Tax hike showdown

Apr 28 2009

By Jim Braude, NECN

Widmer says he has been pushing for reforms for months. He says, "in the end you probably have to have revenue, but for heaven sakes take advantage of this incredible fiscal crisis to do reforms that have gone by the books for decades."
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Editorial: The fairest tax of all?

Apr 27 2009

The Boston Globe

In the budget debate, House leaders will be focusing sensibly on the state's 5 percent sales tax. It ranks lowest among the 45 states that have a sales tax, once adjusted for personal income, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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House to vote on sales tax

Apr 27 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, also said cities and towns would suffer without passing a proposal to increase local meals and hotel/motel taxes. The local taxes would help municipalities raise their own revenue as they face cuts in state aid.
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Mass. House to debate 1.25 percent sales tax hike

Apr 27 2009

By Steve LeBlanc, Houma Today / AP

A report by the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which researches state spending, found that a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax would cost the average taxpayer an extra $122 a year. A family would pay out an extra $322 annually. Currently, of the 45 states with broad-based sales taxes, Massachusetts ranks last when measuring the amount of sales tax collected per $1,000 of income - in part because its sales tax is much narrower than in other states and exempts food, services and clothing under $175, according to the foundation.
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