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April tax windfall creates new question: What to do with it?

May 3 2011

By Kyle Cheney, Littleton Independent / State House News Service

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, welcomed the news that “the market has come back.” He noted that the state implemented a policy this fiscal year requiring that capital gains revenue exceeding $1 billion for the fiscal year be automatically deposited into the rainy day fund.
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Analysts: Tough fiscal times clip enthusiasm for budget amendments

Apr 19 2011

By Kyle Cheney, The Boston Globe / State House News Service

“The main explanation is the fiscal crisis, the fact that there is no money to add to the bottom line,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal organization. “2008 was the last of the glory years just before the collapse.”
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Mass. credit strategy gets nod

Mar 30 2011

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Andrew C. Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed group, said the latest credit reports amount to a validation that state government is not burying its head in the sand; it is dealing with the budget, and may well save $10 million to $15 million a year.
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House leaders to powwow privately

Mar 29 2011

By Dan Ring, The Republican

So far this year, the House is off to a slow start, typical for the beginning of a two-year legislative session, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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'Fiscal flu' strain in town's economy

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Mar 4 2011

By Mary E. Arata, Nashoba Publishing

Bragan concluded with a forewarning: the most sickening wave hasn't yet hit. Quoting the missive from Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation President Michael Widmer, the lack of savings or funding by cities and towns for retiree health care will be the "brick that breaks cities and towns' backs."
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Local aid might never be the same, officials warned

Mar 3 2011

By Brian Boyd, South Coast Today

Even as the state emerges from the current fiscal crisis, long-term challenges mean cities and towns are less likely to see the types of increases in local aid that they enjoyed before the financial crisis, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Thousands Spent Teaching You To Dial 911

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Feb 10 2011

WCVB TV

“This is an example of what needs to be examined, because clearly in almost every case people know to call 911,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Patrick has choppy business development history

Feb 10 2011

By Glen Johnson, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the business-friendly Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said during a March 2010 legislative hearing: "This is probably the most costly tax credit with the least economic benefit in my experience — $125 million a year is the estimate for the next fiscal year."
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Tough choices for Massachusetts as stimulus funds run out

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Feb 9 2011

By Bob Salsberg, The Enterprise / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the stimulus prevented what could have been “catastrophic cuts” in state services. The state now needs to wean itself off that money – and fast.
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Bigby sheds more light on health care cost control plans

Feb 7 2011

The Boston Herald / State House News Service

Without knowing any of the details, Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation President Michael Widmer called the proposal “exceedingly ambitious” and “not very likely” to be achieved, even if it is a worthy goal.
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