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UMass employees top list of highest-paid state workers

Feb 11 2009

By Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that even though many of the highest-ranking officials deserve to be well paid, they should consider a temporary pay cut.
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Arciero bill takes aim at pension perks

Feb 5 2009

Arciero bill takes aim at pension perks

By Matt Murphy, The Lowell Sun

"There is no public purpose," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "These people have earned a good pension that they will be able to collect at age 55. I don't think there's any rationale that they should be able to collect a pension in their 40s." Widmer said most of the people who take advantage of the law do not actually retire, but go on to other well-paying jobs.
 

Locals wary of pending budget cuts

Feb 2 2009

By Thor Jourgensen, The Daily Item

Michael Widmer, of the nonpartisan, business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Patrick has "made the best of a very difficult situation" with his blend of cuts, new revenues and rainy day withdrawals.
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Some financial experts say Patrick's budget is too optimistic

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Feb 1 2009

By Steve Decosta, South Coast Today

"I don't think we've hit bottom yet so, as bad as this is, I think it can get worse," said Michael Widmer, president of the widely respected Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The revenue forecast around which the governor built his budget is almost a billion dollars too high, we believe. Whatever cuts are embedded in this budget, we think there are going to need to be more cuts."
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State to gain federal money with 'strings attached'

Jan 31 2009

By David Kibbe, Cape Cod Times

Michael Widmer, the president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Medicaid money in the federal stimulus package would ease some of the state's fiscal pressures, but wouldn't be enough to solve all the problems. "Most of the other money has some strings attached," he said. "It's good to have it, but it won't provide any direct budget relief, beyond what the administration is already counting on."
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Need For Patrick's Pricey D.C. Office Questioned

Jan 30 2009

WBZ TV

The President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said having a presence in Washington, D.C. is an important thing and doesn't think four staff sounds outrageous. But he said fewer people at the office would be reasonable under the current financial circumstances.
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New year, new sales taxes

Jan 30 2009

New year, new sales taxes

By Matt Murphy, The Berkshire Eagle

"If we don't do this, we're just going to have to layoff more firefighters, teachers and police," said Michael Widmer, president on the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
 

Editorial: Patrick's bad-news budget

Jan 29 2009

The Boston Globe

Patrick's plan to balance the $28 billion budget in 2010 depends heavily on fairly optimistic revenue forecasts, the swift arrival of federal stimulus funds, and big hits on the state's rainy day fund. But the nonprofit Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warns that Patrick's $19.5 billion revenue forecast is too rosy by about $1 billion. If so, 2011 could make 2010 look like the glory days.
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State pulling oldest scam in the book

Jan 29 2009

By Margery Eagan, The Boston Herald

Tax watchdog Michael Widmer termed the mess we're in "a global economic bloodbath."
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Gov. Unveils $28 Billion Budget

Jan 28 2009

WCVB TV

"Spread the pain not such a large tax increase that any body is really going to suffer, but everybody shares in the pain," said Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association.
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