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'Fiscal flu' strain in town's economy

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Mar 4 2011

By Mary E. Arata, Nashoba Publishing

Bragan concluded with a forewarning: the most sickening wave hasn't yet hit. Quoting the missive from Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation President Michael Widmer, the lack of savings or funding by cities and towns for retiree health care will be the "brick that breaks cities and towns' backs."
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Local aid might never be the same, officials warned

Mar 3 2011

By Brian Boyd, South Coast Today

Even as the state emerges from the current fiscal crisis, long-term challenges mean cities and towns are less likely to see the types of increases in local aid that they enjoyed before the financial crisis, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Thousands Spent Teaching You To Dial 911

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Feb 10 2011

WCVB TV

“This is an example of what needs to be examined, because clearly in almost every case people know to call 911,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Patrick has choppy business development history

Feb 10 2011

By Glen Johnson, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the business-friendly Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said during a March 2010 legislative hearing: "This is probably the most costly tax credit with the least economic benefit in my experience — $125 million a year is the estimate for the next fiscal year."
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Tough choices for Massachusetts as stimulus funds run out

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Feb 9 2011

By Bob Salsberg, The Enterprise / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the stimulus prevented what could have been “catastrophic cuts” in state services. The state now needs to wean itself off that money – and fast.
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Bigby sheds more light on health care cost control plans

Feb 7 2011

The Boston Herald / State House News Service

Without knowing any of the details, Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer called the proposal “exceedingly ambitious” and “not very likely” to be achieved, even if it is a worthy goal.
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Patrick budget axes 900 jobs

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Jan 27 2011

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, doubts the administration will be able to rein in health-care costs as dramatically as it claims. "That would be a historic achievement to hold it virtually level," said Widmer. "It seems close to impossible."
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Patrick’s ‘Painful’ Budget: Who’s Getting Cut?

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Jan 27 2011

By Andrew Phelps, WBUR

Patrick says he can save $1 billion on Medicaid (health care for poor people) by renegotiating state contracts with providers. Advocate Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation doesn’t think that’s doable, though.
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Budget Expert: Patrick’s $1B Health Care Savings Not Feasible

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Jan 27 2011

By Bob Oakes, WBUR

“In one word, no I don’t (think it’s doable),” said Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “On the other hand I think this administration is right to go down this road and see if it can achieve more savings out of the Medicare program — something needs to be done.
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