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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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Sales tax cut ballot question is causing a stir

Sep 23 2010

By Nancy Reardon, The Patriot Ledger

Michael Widmer, the group's president, warned that the result would be "thousands" of local layoffs affecting teachers, police and firefighters, and probably higher property taxes. He predicted the state budget would see across-the-board cuts of 30 percent.
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Group warns jobs could be lost if tax cut is approved

Sep 23 2010

By Sarah Favot, The Sentinel and Enterprise

Michael Widmer, president of the nonprofit foundation, hopes the report will be educational to taxpayers. "It will provide the kind of analysis that will help the public understand the consequences," he said in an interview.
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Sales-tax fight shunned

Sep 23 2010

By Donna Goodison, The Boston Herald

That view gained traction yesterday when the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation forecast that the measure would result in higher property taxes for many communities because of dramatic cuts in state aid, as well as higher increases in state college tuition and fees. "People may save in one pocket, but it will come out of another one," president Michael Widmer said.
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Group offers negative report on Question 3

Sep 22 2010

By Ann Kenda, Boston Business Journal

MTF's report titled "Question 3: Heading Over the Cliff" claims the loss of state revenue from a lowering of the sales tax would result in mass layoffs of teachers, police officers, firefighters and municipal employees, as well as cuts of approximately 30 percent in nearly all state programs, including human services, higher education, courts, prisons, environmental protection and state parks and beaches.
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Mass. Fiscal Watchdog Warns Against Sales Tax Cut

Sep 22 2010

WBZ TV

A fiscal watchdog group says that if voters support a ballot question to reduce Massachusetts' sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, a wide swath of state programs will see cuts of almost 30 percent.
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Report warns Question 3 could push state 'over a cliff'

Sep 22 2010

By Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe

"It is not an exaggeration to say that the resulting massive spending cuts would eliminate or erode a wide range of services -- from education and public safety to health care and human services -- that for decades the citizens of Massachusetts have counted on the government to provide," said the report prepared by the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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