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Beacon Hill: How bad is state’s economy?

Dec 13 2009

Worcester Telegram / AP

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who is also scheduled to testify, said the state is facing a shortfall for the current fiscal year in the hundreds of millions, and a gaping $3 billion hole for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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Lawmakers To Hear Latest Fiscal Forecasts

Dec 12 2009

WCVB TV / AP

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who is also scheduled to testify, said the state is facing a shortfall for the current fiscal year in the hundreds of millions and a gaping $3 billion hole for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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State watchdog predicts $3B budget deficit in fiscal 2011

Dec 11 2009

By Craig M. Douglas, The Nashville Business Journal

The state's heavy reliance on one-time financial stopgaps and divergent priorities being pursued by the state's executive and legislative branches have put the commonwealth on course for "serious" cost cutting and budget shortfalls that should exceed $3 billion in fiscal 2011, according to a Boston-based fiscal watchdog.
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Tax group: Mass. still faces budget gap

Dec 11 2009

The Providence Business News

"The implications are getting more and more serious in terms of basic services, whether it's local schools, fire and police or human service programs or health care or public higher education," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Executive Director Michael Widmer told WBUR-FM 90.9.
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Tax boost lets state close gap in budget

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Dec 5 2009

By David Abel, The Boston Globe

"I'm surprised at this shortsighted action, because even if the revenue forecast turns out to be accurate, the budget is still several hundred million dollars off-balance,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It's highly unusual to build into your budget a forecasted surplus for two months.
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If So, How Was $2M Taken From Lawrence Court?

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Dec 4 2009

By Peg Rusconi, WBZ TV

Michael Widmer is with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "When an audit comes in showing this kind of problem, I would expect probation from that moment on to be absolutely zealous to make sure the taxpayers' money is protected."
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Correction agencies’ budgets soaring

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Dec 3 2009

By Jon Saltzman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the report shows that a trend his foundation observed six years ago has continued despite deep cuts to other state programs. In a 2003 study, Widmer's foundation said spending on prisons and jails would surpass spending on higher education the following year, the first time that had happened in decades.
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Aid cuts endanger incumbents

Nov 3 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

By tomorrow, the victors may be wondering who talked them into running, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are going to face horrible conditions," Widmer said. "It's a very ugly picture at both the state and municipal level."
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Editorial: Patrick should cut local aid, ease up on human services

Nov 2 2009

The Boston Globe

"You have to have some notion of equity,'' says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He's right. Cities and towns should have borne more of the cuts.
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Patrick: Cuts Force Hard Questions About State Services

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Oct 30 2009

By Fred Thys, WBUR

At the same time, the governor is being criticized for using federal stimulus money and the state's rainy day fund to offset part of the budget deficit. Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers' Foundation, warned the state is running through the money very quickly. "And this just delays the day of reckoning and means more pain later," Widmer said.
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