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Jacoby and Lehigh debate Question 3

Oct 28 2010

The Boston Globe

That would spell spending cuts of about 28 percent, which is a pretty significant reduction. I'm sure you've read it already, but for others who are interested, here's a good analysis of the situation by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Editorial: Questions 1 and 3

Oct 27 2010

Cape Cod Times

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal watchdog group, released a report on Question 3 ominously subtitled, "Heading Over the Cliff." It details how Question 3, added to the existing deficit, would force cuts of $4.5 billion — a hefty 28.4 percent across the board.
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Voter initiatives target two taxes

Oct 27 2010

By Peter Schworm, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a tax policy research group, estimates that approving Question 3 would result in 28 percent budget cuts to “virtually all state programs’’ and the layoff of thousands of municipal employees.
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OUR VIEW: Defeat ballot questions

Oct 26 2010

South Coast Today

As we have pointed out in the past, all three candidates for governor, including Republican Charlie Baker, oppose the question because of the havoc it would wreak on the state budget. So does the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a moderately conservative, business-backed fiscal watchdog group.
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Editorial: No, no, no

Oct 26 2010

North Adams Transcript

Question 3, which would cut the state’s sales tax from 6.5 percent to 3 percent, seems to have the most chance of passing, but the effect would be devastating across the commonwealth. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that $2.5 billion in revenue would be lost -- and this on top of a projected $2 billion deficit in the state’s fiscal 2012 budget.
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Letter to the Editor: Question 3 would devastate public funding for LGBTQ community

Oct 25 2010

Bay Windows

The non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has warned that passage of Question 3 would mean across-the-board cuts of 30% to "virtually all state programs, including local aid, higher education, human services, prisons, courts, environmental protection, and state parks and beaches."
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Sales tax question divides voters

Oct 25 2010

By Caroline Hailey, Cape Cod Times

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy research organization, reported last month that the rollback would cut $2.5 billion from the state budget, adding to the $2 billion deficit in the fiscal year 2012 budget.
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Mass. ballot question would dump alcohol sales tax

Oct 24 2010

By Bob Salsberg, The Boston Globe / AP

It's revenue the state can ill afford to lose, according to Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. His group says the state already faces a potential $2.5 billion budget gap for the next fiscal year, even if Question 1 and Question 3 -- which would reduce the overall sales tax to 3 percent -- are both defeated.
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ENDORSEMENT: Ballot questions 2, 3 would hurt state more than help

Oct 24 2010

Brockton Enterprise

There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t like to see less of their hard-earned money flowing into government coffers. But the gains to be found in slashing the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent are dwarfed when measured against the losses.
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Will it be thumbs up or down?

Oct 24 2010

By Lisa Eckelbecker, Worcester Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a research group, reported last week that Ms. Howell's calculations erroneously inflated spending by including lottery receipts, capital spending and transfers between funds.
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