In The News: Budget

View more in Budget

As bailout fatigue sets in, budget fears grow

in

Jul 6 2010

By Matt Murphy, Sentinel & Enterprise

"The reality is that even with the economy coming around, we're going to have major layoffs around the country because local and state budgets have been so dependent on stimulus money," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Local aid cuts hit staffing, services

Jul 5 2010

By Matt Carroll and Kathy McCabe, The Boston Globe

"The municipal side did more layoffs and squeezing in fiscal '09 and '10, and now the schools are going through it for '11,'' he said. "In one sense, the cuts to the schools have been delayed.'' But Widmer predicted major cuts to both municipal and school spending loom for fiscal 2012, after one-time revenue sources, such as federal stimulus dollars, run out.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Patrick, Baker and the battle of the budget

Jul 2 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

"Reforms are critical, but no reforms anyone has put forward or could put forward could close the existing gap of $2 billion, never mind $2 billion plus tax cuts of $1.5 billion,'' says Widmer.
Full article
Forward to a friend

No ‘pledges’ on taxes as Gov. Deval Patrick signs $27B budget

in

Jul 1 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

The budget further depletes the state's emergency spending fund, which could leave pols with few options next year, when they'll face an almost certain $2 billion deficit, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They'll have to cut spending or raise taxes or both," Widmer said.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Outside groups ask state to consolidate its social services

in

Jun 30 2010

By Patricia Wen, The Boston Globe

"The reality of the long-term finances of the state dictate this is where we need to go,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and one of the report's chief authors.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Watchdogs Urge State To Combine Social Service Agencies

in

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.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Senate vote costs Bay State $700 million in federal aid

in

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.
Full article
Forward to a friend

A look at some details in $27.6 billion state spending plan

in

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.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Funds debate pits pressure from home with Brown's campaign pledges

in

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."
Full article
Forward to a friend

Senate vote stirs anxiety over Federal health care funds

in

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."
Full article
Forward to a friend
See our site policy on external link content.