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State legislators from the Cape brush off pay cuts

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Jan 4 2011

By Patrick Cassidy, Cape Cod Times

But the head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said there is a strong argument that the state needs to keep the best people in management positions. "The senior Cabinet officials tend to be underpaid anyway," said Michael Widmer, the organization's president.
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11 local stories to watch in 2011

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Jan 3 2011

The Herald News

Gov. Deval Patrick will unveil his budget proposal later this month, but Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said in December that the budget deficit for fiscal 2012 could be as much as $2 billion. Widmer predicted another round of cuts, including to state aid, higher education and other services.
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Patrick may trim legislators’ salaries

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Jan 2 2011

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

An analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded watchdog group, justifies an even larger cut, of 3 percent, or $1,800.
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Unemployment fund on fumes, businesses say pockets empty

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Nov 28 2010

By Lyle Moran, The Lowell Sun

"We already have the highest unemployment costs in the nation and this would exacerbate our competitive disadvantage dramatically," said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Overall, it will put a damper on the hiring by employers."
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Biotech aid falls flat

Nov 9 2010

By Jessica Van Sack, The Boston Herald

“With the kind of pressure that’s on Genzyme and Biogen to cut costs, there are gonna be layoffs,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “I don’t think that changes the reality that they’re part of a sector that’s important for the future of the economy.”
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Re-elected Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says casino bill in hands of Legislature

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Nov 4 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

In order to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing defeat of the casino bill this year, Michael F. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo will likely attempt to agree on a bill before bringing one to a vote next year.
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Patrick’s reform record scrutinized from all sides

Sep 19 2010

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

"Reform has not been the administration's first instinct,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed watchdog often consulted by lawmakers and the administration. "He does deserve some credit for doing some reforms, though in some cases he's been dragged kicking and screaming, and others have been untouched.''
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Tyngsboro employee contracts -- now just a click away

Sep 17 2010

By John Collins, The Lowell Sun

"Tyngsboro certainly is among the first to do this, and it's terrific, a major step forward," said Widmer. "The public has a right to see these contracts without having to go through bureaucratic hoops. It's a sign of good faith on the part of the town."
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State used no public funds to help Baker

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Sep 9 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"There wasn't any direct dollars going to Harvard Pilgrim,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal watchdog. "The state jumped in because it didn't want Harvard Pilgrim to fail, and they worked on a turnaround. So, yes, there was a state role, but not state aid. And that is, I think, an important distinction.''
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