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WIDMER ON REALITY OF TAXES

Oct 4 2009

By Tony Lee, The Metro

"Within all of a $30 million budget not every dollar is well spent, but the larger reality is this disconnect between taxes and the need for taxes to fund programs [residents] believe in," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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A tightening pinch

Oct 4 2009

By Kathy McCabe, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, thinks emergency cuts may be necessary, noting the "probability has gone above 50-50." "I think, given the scare that September revenues have produced, we may well see some midyear cuts in local aid," Widmer said. "I'm surprised at how bad'' the revenues were.
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Revenue in last month declines

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Oct 3 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the state of the economy made it difficult to know whether the new sales tax was to blame for any of the revenue decline.
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Critics pan state’s movie tax credit

Oct 3 2009

By Nancy Reardon, The Patriot Ledger

"The return on investment is ludicrously small," said Michael Widmer, head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a public-spending watchdog group. "Of all the tax credits that I'm familiar with, this would be unquestionably the worst deal for the taxpayer."
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Mass. tax-revenue warning spurs aid-cut fears

Oct 1 2009

By Matt Murphy, The Lowell Sun

"The underlying issue is that even when the recovery begins, it will be anemic, not robust, and there's a delay in the impact that has on tax revenue," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Capital gains will be slow. Consumer purchasing, people will be cautious and unemployment will continue to rise modestly for maybe the next six months."
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Taxpayer foundation president sees 'Big hole' in state budget

Oct 1 2009

By John Hilliard, MetroWest Daily News

"If we don't take advantage of this incredible structural (budget) meltdown to make changes to protect public education, then we will never make those changes," said Michael Widmer, the foundation's president.
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Shortfall predicted for Mass. state budget

Sep 29 2009

By Brad Puffer, NECN

But Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says if these early numbers hold, he expects there to be new cuts. "Cuts upon cuts upon cuts, so it's really a pretty drastic situation that is not going to end anytime soon."
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State may see $200m shortfall

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Sep 29 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"Oh, Lordy,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, when told of the estimates. "Numbers like this for September suggest [the state's revenue estimates] could be $500 million or more too high for the year.''
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State fiscal chief resigns from Cabinet

Sep 26 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Kirwan is probably worn out from the fiscal crisis. "Leslie did a very good job under very difficult circumstances," Widmer said. "It's a tough job even in good times."
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DeLeo Supports Resort Casinos

Sep 18 2009

By Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ TV

"It is not going to fix our fiscal problem. We are still going to face major budget cuts so it will help on the margins but it's not going to be a solution or a silver bullet," says Mike Widmer, Executive Director of the Mass. Taxpayers Association.
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