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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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Senate’s chief budget writer increases deficit estimates

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Sep 1 2010

By Jim O'Sullivan, tate House News Service / The Boston Globe

"The spending is only going to get worse, not better, in terms of the underfunding,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The caseloads, the pressure's obviously only growing, not lessening.''
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Editorial: Breaking the cycle

Jul 19 2010

The Boston Herald

"We just got whacked," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, one of several watchdog groups that have been lobbying for this kind of change. "When you look at long-term state finances this is a major reform."
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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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