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Tax Rollback ‘Has Legs,’ Could Mean Severe Cuts

Jul 9 2010

By Bob Oakes and Benjamin Swasey, WBUR.org

"It would dwarf the cuts we've seen to date," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "I mean, this is the state's worst fiscal crisis, so of course the sales tax ballot question couldn't come at a worse time."
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Tax cut proposal picks up steam

Jul 8 2010

By Matt Murphy, Sentinel & Enterprise

"It will have a drastic impact on a whole range of services that the public expects from state and local government in Massachusetts -- local schools, public safety, human services, health care," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The problem is this will take full effect in fiscal 2010 on top of a structural deficit in fiscal 2012 that could already be more than $2 billion. You're talking about a $5 billion hole in the 2012 budget."
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As bailout fatigue sets in, budget fears grow

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Jul 6 2010

By Matt Murphy, Sentinel & Enterprise

"The reality is that even with the economy coming around, we're going to have major layoffs around the country because local and state budgets have been so dependent on stimulus money," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Local aid cuts hit staffing, services

Jul 5 2010

By Matt Carroll and Kathy McCabe, The Boston Globe

"The municipal side did more layoffs and squeezing in fiscal '09 and '10, and now the schools are going through it for '11,'' he said. "In one sense, the cuts to the schools have been delayed.'' But Widmer predicted major cuts to both municipal and school spending loom for fiscal 2012, after one-time revenue sources, such as federal stimulus dollars, run out.
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Patrick, Baker and the battle of the budget

Jul 2 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

"Reforms are critical, but no reforms anyone has put forward or could put forward could close the existing gap of $2 billion, never mind $2 billion plus tax cuts of $1.5 billion,'' says Widmer.
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No ‘pledges’ on taxes as Gov. Deval Patrick signs $27B budget

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Jul 1 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

The budget further depletes the state's emergency spending fund, which could leave pols with few options next year, when they'll face an almost certain $2 billion deficit, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They'll have to cut spending or raise taxes or both," Widmer said.
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Outside groups ask state to consolidate its social services

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Jun 30 2010

By Patricia Wen, The Boston Globe

"The reality of the long-term finances of the state dictate this is where we need to go,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and one of the report's chief authors.
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Watchdogs Urge State To Combine Social Service Agencies

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Jun 30 2010

By WBUR Newsroom, WBUR

Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer says closing state-run facilities for the developmentally disabled could save the state more than $50 million per year while also helping the facilities' current clients. "The key point is these individuals who are in the institutions can be better served in the community closer to the family, and this has been shown time and time again," Widmer said.
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Senate vote costs Bay State $700 million in federal aid

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Jun 25 2010

By Hillary Chabot and Edward Mason , The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, warned more cuts will be needed if the Senate doesn't approve the state aid included in the bill.
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A look at some details in $27.6 billion state spending plan

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Jun 24 2010

By Globe Staff, The Boston Globe

The plan, reached after closed door negotiations between key House and Senate lawmakers, would cut local aid by $42.1 million, according to the analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. State support for local school systems would suffer a $123 million reduction, the spread sheet shows.
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