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Major candidates for Massachusetts governor have no plan to deal with revenue losses if voters pass sales tax cut

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May 23 2010

By Steve LeBlanc, The Republican / AP

Michael Widmer of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said Howell's contention that the state could easily lop $2.5 billion from its budget is disingenuous. He said the state needs to rein in spending on pensions and health care plans, but there's no way that could save $2.5 billion, especially in the early years.
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Senate budget proposes $159M cut in local aid, avoids new taxes

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May 20 2010

By Matt Murphy, Sentinel & Enterprise

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the budget "realistic," but said he remains concerned about the structural deficit. "This makes it very, very likely for major budget cuts for fiscal '12, probably larger than fiscal '11, even with an economic recovery," Widmer said.
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Mass. Senate unveils $27.8B budget; no tax hikes

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May 20 2010

By Steve LeBlanc, Business Insider / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate plan is the best that can be expected given the state's bleak revenue outlook, even though it relies heavily on one-time federal stimulus dollars.  "The major concern is that it still uses $2 billion in one time money that won't be available in 2012," Widmer said. "We're virtually assured of a fourth year of budget cuts."
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Pacheco law: Is it good or bad?

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May 14 2010

By Gerry Tuoti, Taunton Gazette

Michael Widmer, president of the independent, nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said that although the foundation has not conducted an in-depth analysis of the Pacheco law, he thinks repealing it would save tens of millions of dollars a year by making the bidding process more competitive.
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Patrick budget chief: Tax cuts, loss of fed aid could leave state with $4B gap

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May 12 2010

By Michael Norton, The Boston Herald / State House News Service

On an annualized basis, the sales tax reduction would allow consumers to be spared of $2.5 billion in sales taxes in fiscal 2012 and $110 million in alcohol taxes, according to the estimates outlined Tuesday, which are similar to projections offered earlier this year by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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GOP’s Baker: Undocumented Shouldn’t Spend Taxpayer Dollars

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May 11 2010

By Meghna Chakrabarti and Gabrielle Levy, WBUR

Baker said that his proposed budget reforms would save the state roughly a billion dollars, but the Massachusetts Taxpayers' Foundation estimated a total savings at half that number.
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OUR VIEW: Spending scrutiny crucial

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May 4 2010

The Herald News

Non-governmental organizations are trying to help citizens sort through this morass of information, including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts Budget and Polity Center, make it easier to compare various budget proposals.
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Manager warns: No personal use of state rental cars

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May 3 2010

By Jessica Van Sack, The Boston Herald

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said such programs tend to become rife for abuse. Asked about the e-mail, he said, "I would think with this level of specificity that there was undoubtedly some abuses."
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Baker relied on revenue increases

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Apr 28 2010

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

Though Baker slams Patrick for "spending our state into oblivion,'' state expenditures during the years Baker oversaw the budget grew by an annualized rate of just shy of 5 percent, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan, business-funded watchdog group. Since Patrick presented his first budget, for fiscal year 2008, state spending has increased an average of 2.4 percent, according to the group.
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Editorial: Push for salary parity should not be race to bottom

Apr 27 2010

The Patriot Ledger

"The private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told The Patriot Ledger earlier this month.
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