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Patrick to end nearly 1,000 jobs

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Oct 30 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"There may have to be another round of cuts this year, and there certainly will be major cuts in the fiscal 2011 budget,'' said Michael J. Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. One issue with Patrick's approach to budget-balancing, Widmer said, is it relies in part on one-time revenue sources, including federal stimulus funds and money from the state's reserve account.
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Jobs, Holidays On Governor's Chopping Block

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Oct 29 2009

WCVB TV

Thirty-five thousand Suffolk County employees benefited from the holiday at a cost of $6 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Patrick To Cut Up To 2,000 Jobs, Protect Local Aid

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Oct 29 2009

By Dave Shaw, WBUR

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the governor is still depending too heavily on one-time sources to plug budget holes. "He's using some more of the state's rainy day reserves and federal stimulus dollars and we have run through those moneys very quickly," Widmer said. "This just delays the day of reckoning and means more pain later."
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Mass. Gov. Patrick set to drop the axe on state budget

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Oct 29 2009

By Alysha Palumbo, NECN

Michael Widmer with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said today's cuts could get ugly. "Cuts upon cuts upon cuts, so it's really a pretty drastic situation that is not going to end anytime soon," said Widmer last month.
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Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $600M in new budget cuts today

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Oct 29 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"It's ugly and it's going to get uglier," said Michael Widmer, executive director of the business-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Services have already born a heavy brunt of the cuts - this is the fourth round for some agencies."
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Local, state officials discuss expected cuts

Oct 23 2009

By Melanie Graham, Milford Daily News

The fiscal 2010 budget shortfall has the potential to rise to $1 billion if significant changes are not made, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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State Taxpayers see revenues below state expectations

Oct 22 2009

South Coast Today

State tax revenues for fiscal 2010 will total $18.279 billion, $600 million less than the $18.879 billion consensus forecast on which the 2010 state budget is based, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's latest forecast which was presented to the chairs of the Senate and House Ways and Means Committees on October 8.
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Cahill asserts Patrick failed budget test

Oct 22 2009

By Andrea Estes and John R. Ellement, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, a nonprofit business-funded watchdog group, agreed that there is a risk that revenues for the rest of the year will not meet the governor's current projections. But, he said, it is unfair for Cahill to say that the administration should have known months ago how severe the fiscal crisis would get.
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Editorial: Time to consider salary cuts for state employees

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Oct 12 2009

Sentinel & Enterprise

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, offered the dismal outlook for the rest of the year, suggesting the budget might be about $600 million out of balance.
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Budget shortfall in Mass. mirrors R.I.’s

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Oct 9 2009

By Ted Nesi , Providence Business News

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, testified on Beacon Hill that the state is likely to face a combined shortfall of $900 million because of falling revenue and rising Medicaid costs, Reuters reported.
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