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Mar 8 2015
It’s good politics, but also good policy. In that quest, Baker has the blessing of Michael J. Widmer, the outgoing president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who during his farewell gala speech took time to declare, “By the way, Charlie, I strongly agree with that proposal.”
Mar 3 2015
Report after report has shown that the number of jobs created is small, and that much of the money flows to out-of-state movie stars. The program has attracted criticism from across the political spectrum, from left-leaning groups, like the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, to the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Mar 11 2014
The heads of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation came together to write a letter to the chairmen of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue, warning about the “chilling” implications of the auditor’s plans.
Apr 1 2013
Andy Bagley, director of research and public affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said production companies use the tax credits to bring in the higher-paying skilled talent from out of state, leaving the lower-paying, menial, part-time jobs to residents. Bagley thinks the taxpayer money should be used elsewhere, such as for education.
Mar 20 2013
But Andy Bagley, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the tax credits should be eliminated. He said they are not worth the money they cost the state and there's no permanence to the jobs they bring. "The jobs created are small, most of them are part time. It's a highly mobile industry that goes from state to state looking for the best deal," said Bagley.
Feb 4 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick’s planned shifting of the income and sales tax rates would essentially result in a revenue “wash” and the bulk of $1.9 billion in new revenues under his tax code overhaul would come from eliminating specific exemptions and deductions, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Jul 15 2012
“It's a very expensive incentive,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “There's a gain in jobs and some economic activity, though it's small. The problem is the cost in order to achieve those gains.”
Aug 22 2011
Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in April called the state's film industry tax policies the “classic bad bet,” adding that he equates movie-making in Massachusetts, and the outflow of tax benefits, with laying off teachers and cutting services.
Jun 12 2011
There is no compelling justification for the commonwealth’s $100-million-a-year subsidy for the film industry, much of which merely underwrites the salaries of rich Hollywood actors. “All the evidence shows that this is a very costly tax credit with minimal economic impact,’’ Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, testified in March. The few hundred new, mostly short-term, jobs attributable to the film subsidy in 2009,
Apr 9 2011
Even business leaders are starting to question whether the forgone revenue from some of the tax breaks could be better spent elsewhere. “I feel like any time we make a film in Massachusetts we lay off some more teachers,’’ said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.