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Watchdogs Urge State To Combine Social Service Agencies

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Jun 30 2010

By WBUR Newsroom, WBUR

Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer says closing state-run facilities for the developmentally disabled could save the state more than $50 million per year while also helping the facilities' current clients. "The key point is these individuals who are in the institutions can be better served in the community closer to the family, and this has been shown time and time again," Widmer said.
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Senate vote costs Bay State $700 million in federal aid

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Jun 25 2010

By Hillary Chabot and Edward Mason , The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, warned more cuts will be needed if the Senate doesn't approve the state aid included in the bill.
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A look at some details in $27.6 billion state spending plan

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Jun 24 2010

By Globe Staff, The Boston Globe

The plan, reached after closed door negotiations between key House and Senate lawmakers, would cut local aid by $42.1 million, according to the analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. State support for local school systems would suffer a $123 million reduction, the spread sheet shows.
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Funds debate pits pressure from home with Brown's campaign pledges

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Jun 18 2010

By Kyle Cheney, State House New Service / Dedham Transcript

"D-Day is getting closer," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, referring to the beginning of the next fiscal year. "There's clearly, I think, a broad understanding of the very serious consequences of not doing this."
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Senate vote stirs anxiety over Federal health care funds

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Jun 17 2010

By Michael Norton and Kyle Cheney, State House News Service / Dedham Transcript

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer and Progressive Business Leaders Network Executive Director Andrew Tarsy - wrote in a Wednesday letter. "It will mean reductions in all types of state services, including health care, K-12 and higher education, public safety, municipal services, and a wide range of human services."
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The two faces of Baker

Jun 16 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

Nor is excess spending the real nub of our budgetary troubles. "The fundamental cause of the state's fiscal problems is the collapse of tax revenues,'' notes Michael Widmer, the foundation's president.
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Patrick plans for possible $800m cut in state budget

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Jun 8 2010

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

But no matter how widely the pain is spread, its impact would be deep, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded watchdog group. "Since most of these programs have already suffered several rounds of cuts, this additional cut will have very serious consequences for human services, public higher education, health care, and a wide range of other programs," Widmer said.
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Editorial: Too much, too soon

Jun 3 2010

The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, hit the nail on the head when he called the unexpected bonus payments "illogical." If the state's fiscal crisis were over, it might make sense to give a year-end reward in recognition of financial sacrifices made, but Massachusetts' monetary woes are far from resolved, Widmer argued. We wholeheartedly agree.
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Firefighters, pols stand their ground

Jun 3 2010

By Dave Wedge, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, warned the state will be facing a $2 billion shortfall in 2012 that could balloon to $5 billion. "We are a long way from being out of the fiscal woods," Widmer said. "The only question is how severe will the budget cuts be."
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Senate votes to eliminate Bunker Hill Day, Evacuation Day holidays

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May 28 2010

By Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe

An estimated 35,000 workers enjoy the days off, according to a rough tally compiled with the help of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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