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Mass tech tax stirs unease over impact, application

Aug 4 2013

By Andy Metzger, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers are eyeing a new revenue source that Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer has warned could generate $500 million, far more than the $161 million estimate lawmakers attached to their tax hike.

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New Mass. green jobs numbers questioned

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Oct 7 2012

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he was struck by what the report counted as job growth: It included newly created positions as well as employees in existing jobs to which clean energy responsibilities were added. Of the 7,213 “new” jobs added over the past year, 26 percent were existing positions, according to the report.
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Romney Takes Liberties With Claims About a Bipartisan Past

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Oct 5 2012

By Michael Wines, The New York Times

“Our numbers on revenue are that he raised about $750 million annually — $375 million from fees and $375 million from corporate taxes,” said Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Tax Breaks And Paybacks: TIFs Cost Communities, Yet Officials Embrace Long-Term Values

Sep 17 2012

By Emily Micucci, Worcester Business Journal

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, thinks cities and towns have generally awarded TIFs to worthwhile projects, but he said the projects raise an important question.
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As governor, Romney faced similar economic situation as Obama -- with similar results

Sep 5 2012

By Michael Rezendes and Megan Woolhouse , The Boston Globe

“In broad strokes, he did pretty much what every other governor has done -- he raised revenues and cut spending,” Widmer said. “It’s probably the right thing to do, to have a balanced approach.”
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Did Mitt Romney's Massachusetts rank 47th in job creation?

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Sep 4 2012

Tampa Bay Times / PolitiFact

And it's likely that Massachusetts emerged more slowly from that recession because its pre-recession numbers were disproportionately inflated by the technology bubble, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that analyzes fiscal trends in the state.
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For immigrant students, college is a step closer

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Sep 3 2012

By Jo Kadlecek, The Salem News

A 2006 study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded that the state’s public colleges would gain millions of dollars if undocumented immigrants were allowed to attend at in-state tuition rates.
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Ryan Accused of Distortions by Obama’s Team, Fact Checkers

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Aug 31 2012

By Phil Mattingly and Heidi Przybyla, Bloomberg News

Facing a $650 million budget shortfall when he took office, Romney proposed an array of spending cuts and fees to close the gap. He ended about $375 million in tax breaks and added $375 million in fees used to balance the state budget --or $750 million in annual new revenue, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit research group in Boston.

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Gaming, insurance votes highlight busy legislative session

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Aug 19 2012

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

While some came away disappointed their pet projects did not cross the finish line, Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the significance of the bills that did pass "enormous." "Overall I think it was one of the best sessions in 10 years," said Widmer. "And in terms of the budget, we continue to separate ourselves from our counterparts in states like New Jersey, California and Illinois in terms of how we handle our finances."
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Destination Overview: Boston convention center expansion generates controversy

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Aug 13 2012

By Jena Tesse Fox , International Meetings Review

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told WGBH Boston that the city needs expanded convention capacity, but questioned whether it might be "better to invest in a convention center authority or to invest in the MBTA and public transportation, or improving our roads and bridges across the state?"
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