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Editorial: Massachusetts ballot questions: No, No and No

Oct 20 2010

The Daily Collegian

According to the non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, if the alcohol tax question and Question 3, which would reduce the sales tax to three percent starting next year, pass, the state budget gap for FY 2012 will widen to $5 billion.
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Tax cuts could take time, Baker says

Oct 20 2010

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the timing of Baker’s tax cuts is critical, because if Baker were to sign them next year, they would increase the deficit to about $4.5 billion and “require drastic cuts across all of state government,’’ including cuts to local aid and higher education.
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Melrose residents weigh cutting sales tax

Oct 19 2010

By Matt Byrne, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in a Sept. 22 report that the measure, which if passed would cut $2.5 billion from the state budget, could mean a sudden and dramatic reduction in a wide array of services, including funding for public education, aid to cities and towns, funding for community colleges and other state higher education, and the layoff of thousands of police officers, firefighters, and teachers statewide.
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Charlie Baker hits Gov. Deval Patrick on local aid cuts

Oct 19 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported in September that Chapter 70 aid had decreased by $28 million since fiscal 2009, while other K-12 education spending had been cut by $190 million.
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Charles Baker criticizes Deval Patrick for irresponsible taxing and spending in Springfield campaign stop

Oct 19 2010

By Peter Goonan, The Republican

Citing a report by the taxpayers foundation, Baker’s camp said the percentage of state budget spending on education and local aid is lower today than what it was 10 years ago.
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Tax measures on ballots reflect economic unease

Oct 19 2010

By Karen Pierog, Reuters

In Massachusetts, voters will determine whether to cut the state sales tax rate by more than half -- to 3 percent from 6.25 percent. If approved, the tax cut would cost the state $2.5 billion, raising its fiscal 2012 deficit to $4.5 billion, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Sales-tax rollback: Business vs. budget

Oct 18 2010

By Sarah Favot, Sentinel & Enterprise

Others warn that the sales-tax cut would have dire consequences. The Department of Revenue and the nonprofit Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation have warned that lowering the sales tax to 3 percent would add another $2 billion to the state budget deficit, which already faces a $2 billion shortfall for fiscal 2012.

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EDITORIAL: Ballot questions: No, no, and no

Oct 17 2010

The Register

We put our faith in data and information compiled by independent entities, such as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which, after studying the ramifications of the proposed reduction has found there would indeed be very significant cuts to virtually all state programs, including local aid, education and healthcare, to name a few.
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Third District challengers to Story say casino vote was a factor

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Oct 15 2010

By Ben Storrow, Amherst Bulletin

Sandell maintains the savings generated by such measures could help prevent a budget deficit which the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates could reach $2.5 billion in 2012.
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Widmer: Vote no on Question 3

Oct 13 2010

By Michael J. Widmer, Belmont Citizen-Herald

Question 3 is the classic ruse — cut $2.5 billion in state revenues with absolutely no consequences. In fact, the consequences would be very serious for local communities and property taxpayers. According to the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation’s analysis, Question 3 would result in across-the-board cuts of approximately 30 percent in virtually all state programs, including local aid, higher education, human services, prisons, courts, environmental protection, and state parks and beaches.

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