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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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Mass. lawmakers moving ahead with $28 billion budget despite $195 million to $295 million new shortfall predicted by Gov. Deval

Apr 6 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the new spending is difficult to explain in light of the budget problems, but it is logical. "It's a little bit of moving money around," Widmer said. "That's standard."
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Senate’s Ways and Means chief won’t seek re-election

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Mar 25 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"There's going to be a record number of new legislators. It's going to be wild," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer - who worked with Panagiotakos on several difficult budgets during the fiscal crisis.
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State’s $295m shortfall kicks off political blame game

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Mar 20 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"Clearly, MassHealth is a significant share of the shortfall,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "But I don't know what's causing it.''
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A Ruinous Meltdown

Mar 19 2010

By Bob Herbert, The New York Times

Massachusetts, which has made a series of painful cuts over the past two years, is gearing up for more. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Boston Globe: "There's no end to the bad news here. The state fiscal situation is already so dire that any additional bad news is magnified."
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More cuts loom as state faces $295m in red ink

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Mar 19 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"So there's no end to the bad news here,'' Widmer said. "The state fiscal situation is already so dire that any additional bad news is magnified.'' Cuts, he said, will almost certainly be necessary before June, unless tax revenue this month and next exceeds projections, a scenario that he said "may be a long shot.''
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Politicians may cut local aid by $200M

Mar 13 2010

By Hillary Chabot and Marie Szaniszlo , The Boston Herald

Making matters worse, municipal officials could see more cuts in 2012, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "We're running out of the rainy-day budget," Widmer said. "Even with more revenues, there will be another round of cuts to local aid next year."
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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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