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Local leaders have questions for gubernatorial candidates

Sep 29 2010

By Dan McDonald, South Coast Today

"Where is the money going to come from? The disparity between the state's fiscal condition and rhetoric about tax cuts during this campaign is the biggest chasm I've ever seen in terms of being unrealistic," Widmer said.
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Interview with the mayor: Kay says deep budget cuts to occur if Question 3 passes

Sep 28 2010

By Ed Baker, Weymouth News

Kay said that a reduction of the sales tax would result in massive budget cuts that would impact the delivery of town services such as police, fire protection, and education. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which warns of deep cuts in local aid, education, public safety, human services, and capital spending programs, shares Kay's concern.
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OUR VIEW: Vote no on cutting sales, liquor taxes

Sep 28 2010

South Coast Today

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a moderately conservative, business-backed fiscal watchdog group, released a report on Question 3 last week ominously subtitled, "Heading Over the Cliff." It details how Question 3, added to the existing deficit, would force cuts of $4.5 billion - a hefty 28.4 percent across the board.
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A cut we can’t afford

Sep 28 2010

By Derrick Jackson, The Boston Globe

Last week, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation laid out in a report the consequences of reducing state revenues. It said the sales tax cut could result in a loss of $300 million for the state's universities, colleges, and community colleges, including the loss of $25 million of student scholarships. It could mean the firing of 500 state police officers. It would mean a cut in local aid of $475 million added to the $700 million of cuts since 2009, forcing cities and towns to lay off thousands of teachers, police officers, and firefighters.
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Voters to mull cutting sales tax

Sep 27 2010

By Chris Cassidy, The Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report warning that Question 3 could push the state "over a cliff" and either eliminate or erode services ranging from education and public safety to health care and human services.
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OUR VIEW: Cutting taxes means cutting state revenue

Sep 27 2010

The Taunton Daily Gazette

The fiscal crisis that followed the recession of 2008-09 is the worst in Massachusetts history, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation contends. Between fiscal 2008 and 2010, the state's baseline tax revenues fell by $3.24 billion, nearly 16 percent. Even with last year's sales tax increase from 5 percent to 6.25 percent, revenues are down 11 percent.
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Business report targets sales-tax referendum

Sep 26 2010

The Gloucester Times

"It is impossible to overstate the enormity of the consequences of reducing state revenues by $2.5 billion when programs have already been cut by $2 billion and with the state facing another $2 billion shortfall next year," the report concludes.
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OUR OPINION: Voters must look beyond allure of lower taxes

Sep 23 2010

The Patriot Ledger

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is not a group of sky-is-falling liberals. Funded by business, its orientation is fiscally conservative, in the old-fashioned sense of accurate accounting, balanced budgets and the efficient delivery of vital services. All of those are jeopardized by Question 3.
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Business group warns of deep service cuts if Question 3 passes

Sep 23 2010

By Michael Norton and Kyle Cheney, MetroWest Daily News / Statehouse News Service

"It is impossible to overstate the enormity of the consequences of reducing state revenues by $2.5 billion when programs have already been cut by $2 billion, and with the state facing another $2 billion shortfall next year," the report concludes.
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Fiscal watchdog group warns of dire consequences if Mass. sales tax is cut

Sep 23 2010

South Coast Today / AP

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in a report Wednesday the passage of Question 3 would create a $4.5 billion budget deficit for fiscal year 2012, requiring cuts in local aid, higher education and human services.
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