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Brockton, towns cash in on meals tax

Aug 5 2014

By Ed Donga, The Enterprise

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can still be important. “It has been an important factor in the recession and recovery when it filled in cuts to state aid,” she said. “And if a city or town is bumping against property tax limits, it’s an important source of additional revenue to them.”
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Sales tax holiday forces a reality check

Aug 3 2014

By Alli Knothe, Telegram & Gazette

"The impact on the budget is really marginal at best," said Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Boston-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He said it is difficult to argue against something viewed favorably by both businesses and consumers.

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Sales tax holiday likely to return to Massachusetts for 2014, despite Senate vote

May 28 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he does not think this year will be any different. "They do it every year. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't come to pass," Widmer said.
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Has IT come of age politically?

Apr 26 2014

By Noah Guiney, The Boston Globe

Certainly those concerned about the state’s business climate were glad to see the tech execs speak up about the tax. “It was the most damaging proposal I’ve seen in my career — and I don’t say that lightly,” says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the group that first flagged the tax in the budget.
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Mass. tech tax repealed

Sep 28 2013

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Business groups including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were gathering signatures to put a repeal question on next year’s state ballot if lawmakers did not act first.
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Massachusetts Tech Tax Repealed

Sep 28 2013

By Paige Pihl Buckley, GoLocal Worcester

“This is a huge win for the business community,” said Andrew Bagley, Director of Research and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposed the tax from the outset. “We’re absolutely delighted that the legislature and the Governor thought about this and listened to the business community, and came to the conclusion that this was not a good idea and acted quickly to repeal it.”
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A Victory For Tech: Mass. Legislature Votes to Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 27 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"I'm enormously pleased that we're putting this behind us," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that helped organize the ballot initiative against the tax. "It would have been a terrible black mark on Massachusetts if we'd had to endure it over the next year before the voters repealed it. This is much cleaner. I applaud the legislative leadership and the governor for agreeing to the repeal. It's not easy to change course, so I salute them for coming out and acting so quickly."
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Final push for new taxes not expected

Sep 27 2013

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

As the News Service reported at the time, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warned in mid-March, ahead of DeLeo and Murray's scaled-down tax proposal, that Patrick's more expansive tech tax would create a "Pandora's box" of problems for nearly every business in the state.
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One Down, One To Go: Mass. House Votes To Repeal Tech Tax

Sep 25 2013

By Sarah Kuranda, CRN

"In truth, I don't recall anything in which there has been this kind of change, within 60 days, to reverse course," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told CRN. "That reflects, obviously, the storm that was unleashed, but it also reflects [the legislature's] decision not to wait any longer and act expeditiously."
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Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services

Sep 25 2013

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has been working to repeal the tax, said the repeal is retroactive to July 31 and any company can file for an abatement if it paid the tax. "They've neutralized it completely, which is great," Bagley said.
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