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Tax boost lets state close gap in budget

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Dec 5 2009

By David Abel, The Boston Globe

"I'm surprised at this shortsighted action, because even if the revenue forecast turns out to be accurate, the budget is still several hundred million dollars off-balance,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It's highly unusual to build into your budget a forecasted surplus for two months.
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If So, How Was $2M Taken From Lawrence Court?

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Dec 4 2009

By Peg Rusconi, WBZ TV

Michael Widmer is with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "When an audit comes in showing this kind of problem, I would expect probation from that moment on to be absolutely zealous to make sure the taxpayers' money is protected."
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Correction agencies’ budgets soaring

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Dec 3 2009

By Jon Saltzman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the report shows that a trend his foundation observed six years ago has continued despite deep cuts to other state programs. In a 2003 study, Widmer's foundation said spending on prisons and jails would surpass spending on higher education the following year, the first time that had happened in decades.
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Aid cuts endanger incumbents

Nov 3 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

By tomorrow, the victors may be wondering who talked them into running, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are going to face horrible conditions," Widmer said. "It's a very ugly picture at both the state and municipal level."
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Editorial: Patrick should cut local aid, ease up on human services

Nov 2 2009

The Boston Globe

"You have to have some notion of equity,'' says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He's right. Cities and towns should have borne more of the cuts.
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Patrick: Cuts Force Hard Questions About State Services

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Oct 30 2009

By Fred Thys, WBUR

At the same time, the governor is being criticized for using federal stimulus money and the state's rainy day fund to offset part of the budget deficit. Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers' Foundation, warned the state is running through the money very quickly. "And this just delays the day of reckoning and means more pain later," Widmer said.
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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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