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Anticipating Budget Cuts, A Push For New Taxes

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Apr 8 2009

Anticipating Budget Cuts, A Push For New Taxes

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer says many people in and outside the State House are in for a surprise. "The scale of the problems facing the state have grown so dramatically, it's not clear to me that regular legislators -- never mind the public -- understand just how dire the situation is."
 

Our view: Signs of spring turnaround

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Apr 6 2009

The Salem News

Speaking at The Salem Partnership's annual meeting last week, Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted how this time "we are not leading the nation as we did in the last two recessions."
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Legislature aiming to crack down on pension provisions

Mar 31 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"Overall I think it's a good first step from the Senate, but I'd like to see the package strengthened," said Michael Widmer, who is president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and has been pushing for changes to the laws for years. "The governor has gone a bit further, and in a constructive way."
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Patrick targets pension loopholes

Mar 22 2009

By Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe

"This is a terrific package of reforms that will end many of the abuses that have justifiably upset taxpayers for so long," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said in a phone interview yesterday.
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Experts sour on Gov. Patrick’s plan to tax sugary snacks

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Mar 14 2009

By Joe Markman, The Enterprise

"I honestly don't think that people will buy less for a nickel on a dollar," said Michael J. Widmer, head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit research group.
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How deep the cut: State aid could be down 15 percent in fiscal 2010

Mar 13 2009

By Emily Wilcox, Plymouth Bulletin

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer, a brilliant economic analyst, has been wrong five times in the last four months, Calter said; that's how volatile the economy is right now.
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State deficit may hit $1b again

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Mar 12 2009

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

"It's a free fall," said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The world economy is tanking faster than we can comprehend."
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Legislators Back Away From Income Tax Talk

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Mar 11 2009

By Janet Wu, WCVB TV

"No way in heaven could they possibly cut and reform their way out of this over a three year period," said Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer said last week that he and other business leaders in the state are in favor of an increase to the state gas tax.
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House discusses hiking income, sales taxes

Mar 11 2009

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

Lawmakers heard from the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Cathy Minehan, and Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Several emerged from the meeting saying it had darkened their view of the state's fiscal condition.
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Longevity pay puts strain on budgets

Mar 9 2009

By Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called it an "abuse that justifiably outrages taxpayers." "Massachusetts is riddled with these kinds of inside, hidden . . . expenditures of taxpayer dollars," he said. "In the midst of this kind of gigantic fiscal crisis, these kind of expenditures are particularly insulting."
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