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Is Hillary Clinton’s tuition plan doable?

Jul 10 2016

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

“I’m not sure that this state is in a position to take on more of the costs of education through subsidies, or grants, or however the program is designed,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group. “It’s possible, but it’s speculative at this point.”
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Senator: Investigate perks for state college leaders

Apr 11 2016

By Jon Marcus, New England Center for Investigative Reporting

“There’s been a lot of attention about the request for more money for higher education,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the nonpartisan, Boston-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The legislature has a right to ask how that money will be spent, and that it’s used for the best and most appropriate purposes.”
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Baker's charter-school bill turns up heat on pols

Feb 11 2016

By Ella Torres, The Lowell Sun

Several statewide business organizations have formed a group -- Great Schools Massachusetts Coalition -- in support of more charter schools and has launched an $18 million advocacy campaign that Massachusetts teachers' unions vow to fight. The group includes the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Mass. Fiscal Alliance, two councils representing the technology industry, and a commercial real-estate association.
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Undocumented Students: A Teacher's Perspective

Dec 10 2015

By Nancy Barile, The Huffington Post

A Boston Globe article noted that a 2011 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report estimated that permitting the approximately 910 undocumented students who graduate from Massachusetts high schools each year to attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates could generate new revenues upwards of $7 million dollars (Boston Globe).
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Educating illegal immigrants

Jul 16 2015

By Jack Sullivan, CommonWealth Magazine

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates 910 undocumented immigrants graduated from public high schools in the state last year, roughly the size of the combined graduating class of Newton North and Newton South high schools. The watchdog group says estimates allowing them to attend at the in-state rate would bring in about $7 million in new revenue to the schools because most of those students who would register are not enrolled.
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Immigrant students in Massachusetts seek in-state tuition

Feb 9 2015

By Elizabeth Ronan, Masslive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects that granting in-state tuition rates to immigrant students illegally living in the state would directly benefit fewer than 1,000 students and that state colleges and universities would gain money due to increased enrollment.
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State schools falling behind

Dec 13 2014

By Jim Haddadin, MetroWest Daily News

In exchange for boosting graduation rates and closing achievement gaps, state education officials are calling on lawmakers to grow investments in public higher education and significantly expand financial aid programs. Those arguments have resonated with some government watchdogs, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “There’s no question that they also need additional revenues,” Widmer said. “Now, one could quarrel about how much additional revenues and so on and so forth, but additional funding is clearly part of what’s required in order to realize the vision.”
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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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