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Voters would pay for road fixes — close to home

Jul 24 2014

By Martine Powers, The Boston Globe

Andrew C. Bagley, director of research and public affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said it’s natural for voters to care most about the roads and bridges they see every day — especially, he added, when they fear that they have become so outdated they are dangerous. “People understand the importance of transportation infrastructure,” Bagley said. “Particularly, they’re thinking about their concerns over safety as they begin to appreciate how much of our infrastructure is obsolete or substandard.”
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Automatic gas tax emerging as key campaign issue in Mass.

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May 26 2014

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Telegram & Gazette

''It's a tiny increase,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Yet it would generate significant revenue to help the state keep up with road and bridge maintenance, he said. Widmer said it was politically unrealistic to expect the Legislature to revisit the gas tax on its own anytime soon, given that it hadn't touched the tax in more than two decades.
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Massachusetts drivers not happy about increased state gas tax

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Aug 1 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he is opposed to the sales tax on software services, but he said the foundation supports the gas tax increase. "It's a small price to pay for maintaining roads and bridges, which generally speaking are in deplorable shape," he said. Widmer said the gas tax probably should have been raised by 8 cents a gallon. He estimated there is a shortfall of at least $1 billion a year just to maintain roads and bridges in Massachusetts.
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Gas levy is dead, but sales tax hike is a certainty

Apr 30 2009

By Jack Spillane, South Coast Today

But, overall, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the House-passed sales tax will cost the average state consumer $122 per year.
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Business Groups May Withdraw Gas Tax Support

Apr 3 2009

By Frannie Carr, WBUR

The Taxpayers Foundation's President Michael Widmer says the bill's system restructuring plan also presents a problem. "The major restructuring in the legislation is much too complicated and difficult," Widmer explains, "And will end up causing massive confusion in the transportation bureaucracies for years to come."
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Patrick Picks Up Support For Gas Tax Hike

Mar 3 2009

Patrick Picks Up Support For Gas Tax Hike

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While Patrick has suggested eliminating tolls in western Massachusetts, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said: "That's the problem that the state is facing here, is that we're not in the position - given the dire circumstances of our transportation system - we're not in a position to forgo any existing revenues."
 

Business groups support larger state gas tax hike

Mar 3 2009

By David Kibbe, Cape Cod Times

"Our organizations are joining together to stand behind this plan because the viability of the commonwealth's economy depends on having roads and bridges that are safe and well-managed and a transit system that is not teetering on the brink of bankruptcy," said Michael Widmer, the president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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New gas tax proposal fuels pols, groups ire

Mar 3 2009

By Jim Hind, The Sun Chronicle

Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he realizes the economy is bad and taxpayers are hurting. He also said he realizes a tax increase is highly unpopular. "Obviously, this is the worse possible time for many individuals and families," he said. But, he said, Massachusetts has been ignoring a looming financial and infrastructure problem for 20 years, and now it has to be dealt with.
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Mass. business leaders push for 25-cent gas tax hike

Mar 2 2009

By Scot Yount, NECN

Leaders of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and other groups told reporters the lagging national economy and crushing debt at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority made the state ripe for a transportation overhaul that included eliminating costly perks and infusing new revenue into the system.
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Business Leaders Push For 25¢ Gas Tax Hike

Mar 2 2009

By Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ TV

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Tax Payers Association says he wants to make sure the new tax -- whatever it is -- solves immediate and long problems. But... "At the end of the day I think 19 cents would be a reasonable compromise."
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