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A Ruinous Meltdown

Mar 19 2010

By Bob Herbert, The New York Times

Massachusetts, which has made a series of painful cuts over the past two years, is gearing up for more. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Boston Globe: "There's no end to the bad news here. The state fiscal situation is already so dire that any additional bad news is magnified."
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More cuts loom as state faces $295m in red ink

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Mar 19 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"So there's no end to the bad news here,'' Widmer said. "The state fiscal situation is already so dire that any additional bad news is magnified.'' Cuts, he said, will almost certainly be necessary before June, unless tax revenue this month and next exceeds projections, a scenario that he said "may be a long shot.''
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Politicians may cut local aid by $200M

Mar 13 2010

By Hillary Chabot and Marie Szaniszlo , The Boston Herald

Making matters worse, municipal officials could see more cuts in 2012, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "We're running out of the rainy-day budget," Widmer said. "Even with more revenues, there will be another round of cuts to local aid next year."
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Report calls for steep cuts in budget

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Mar 5 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Sentinel and Enterprise

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer recommended leaving the "rainy day" fund untouched next year. He also suggested that $160 million in anticipated federal Medicaid reimbursements and $300 million to be saved by restructuring some debt under Patrick's proposal be put back into reserves instead of spending it immediately.
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Editorial: Grim times require a leaner government

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Mar 3 2010

The Eagle Tribune

From the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on the governor's budget for the 2011 fiscal year: "The worst is yet to come."
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Reports calls for bigger state spending cuts, warns of $5B budget gap

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Mar 1 2010

By Michael Norton and Jim O’Sullivan, The Boston Herald / State House News Service

"We've got this huge structural deficit in fiscal 2012 even if the ballot questions aren't approved by the voters," Widmer said. "If they are, it's a $5 billion hole."
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Even an improving economy can't save state budget

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Mar 1 2010

The Metro

"The state budget is so heavily dependent on federal and state reserves that even with an economic recovery, the fiscal 2012 budget will have a huge hole in it and essentially no reserves remaining," said Michael Widmer, president of the foundation.
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Unions’ support is no lock for Patrick

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Mar 1 2010

By Brian C. Mooney, The Boston Globe

"The public employee unions are used to getting their way on Beacon Hill, and this is a broad array of issues in which they've sustained setbacks,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. "The governor has shown leadership in taking on a host of issues that are near and dear to the hearts of public employee unions. Whether the public will give the governor credit is an open question, but the vast majority certainly support these initiatives.''
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Hacks pocketing $2.5M in get-out-of-jail fees

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Feb 28 2010

By Jessica Fargen, The Boston Herald

"This is a striking amount of money these fees are generating for these clerks," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are paid well. This should be part of their responsibilities."
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Curious Why Some Workers Can Cash In Sick Days

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Feb 19 2010

By David Wade, WBZ TV

"This is a troubling policy," says Michael Widmer who heads the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer says that since this kind of deal is virtually unheard of in the private sector, that public employees shouldn't get it either. "Clearly at a time of fiscal crisis this should be examined, and frankly, it should be abolished as quickly as possible," says Widmer.
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