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Immigrant students push for equal tuition rates

Dec 11 2013

By Christine Lee, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates under 1,000 students annually would be affected by the legislation. They also say the state would gain rather than lose money because the bill would encourage students to attend school who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

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A tuition opportunity lost

Jun 16 2013

By Allison Thomasseau , The Lowell Sun

A 2011 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report estimated that 40 percent of Massachusetts' 910 undocumented high school seniors, an annual 315 to 365 students, would attend college if allowed to pay in-state rates. This would add $1.8 million to $2.1 million in tuition revenue the first year. Over four years, it would add $6.4 million to $7.4 million.
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University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy

Apr 22 2013

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

In transportation, Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s ambitious transportation plans appear to have stalled in the state legislature, said Michael Widmer, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. But he does expect a compromise now brewing in the statehouse to yield $700 million to $800 million in transportation funding a year once the plan ramps-up fully in 2018.
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Increased school aid unlikely

Feb 10 2013

By Jennie Oemig, The Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle

Hill also gave the committee the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report, which explains exactly what the governor’s revenue proposal will be for FY14 and FY15. “He eliminates 44 personal income tax exemptions and deductions, which is gonna hurt a lot of families - a lot of middle class families,” he said.
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UMass president hopeful over gov's funding push

Jan 23 2013

By Colleen Quinn, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, disagreed with the assertion that Massachusetts taxpayers shoulder less of a tax burden than other states. Tax rates are only part of the story. One needs to look at the overall tax burden taxpayers' face, he said. "You could have a lower rate but you may tax many more things. That is in fact the case," Widmer said.
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Patrick’s Education Proposal Could Freeze UMass Tuition

Jan 23 2013

By Fred Bever, WBUR

“Well I think the governor has an uphill road to climb here,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer says even if Patrick can push through tax hikes it won’t come without concessions. “It really opens up a full discussion on where the money’s going to go,” Widmer said. “The House and Senate are going to want to spread around the additional revenues to many, many more programs than education and transportation.”
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UMass president encouraged school can keep promise to freeze tuition

Jan 22 2013

By Coleen Quinn, State House News Service / Cape Cod Times

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, disagreed with the assertion that Massachusetts taxpayers shoulder less of a tax burden than other states. Tax rates are only part of the story. One needs to look at the overall tax burden taxpayers' face, he said. "You could have a lower rate but you may tax many more things. That is in fact the case," Widmer said.
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Editorial: Taxpayers can’t afford Patrick’s plans

Jan 18 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

“Clearly the changes make the state’s tax system more progressive, but it is a large increase to impose on those who make the decisions whether to invest in Massachusetts, especially in a fragile economic environment,” Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told the Associated Press.
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Gov. Patrick's education plan ties learning to growth

Jan 16 2013

By Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram

“Once it gets in the legislative arena … a lot of groups and causes that have seen several years of budget cuts are going to want to see restorations for themselves,” Mr. Widmer said, mentioning mental health and courts as two such areas. “You may have a focus on education, but the debate becomes much broader.”
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Governor OKs measure that could grant illegal immigrants in-state tuition

Dec 6 2012

By David Barnstone, The Daily Collegian

A 2011 report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates between 315 and 365 illegal immigrants would enroll in one of the state’s colleges or universities. The report indicates that 15 percent of those students would enroll in the UMass system.
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