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Jun 12 2012
True to his word, Romney didn’t approve any general hikes in tax rates, but he did increase fees and close tax loopholes, both of which brought in additional revenue. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that the former governor raised an extra $750 million per year through fees and loophole closures.
Jun 10 2012
“His characterization on the campaign trail that he was able to balance the budget, and close the deficit through better management and reforms, that is simply not backed up by the facts,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which regularly challenged aspects of Mr. Romney’s spending plans. “My overall comment about his approach, when you look at the substance of it, is that he [closed the budget gaps] the same way that governors forever have done it when they are facing fiscal crises, and that is to identify new sources of revenue and places to cut.”
Jun 9 2012
But Michael J. Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Romney was presenting "a decidedly incomplete and one-sided picture of what actually happened."
"There's a big gap," he said, "between the record and the rhetoric."
Jun 9 2012
Health care is such a major part of our economy, a miscalculation could seriously set back the Commonwealth’s economic recovery — a recovery that is unsteady and that could easily be undercut by the current instability with our trading partners in Europe or by Draconian budgeting in Washington. Certainly, the highly regarded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shares this need for caution.
Jun 7 2012
“The governor has very little control over our local economy,” said Michael Widmer, of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The numbers are the numbers, but the larger reality is that these external forces are what really drove it. The numbers reflect larger economic realities.”
Jun 7 2012
In fact, during Romney's time as governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation, and the state lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national average. ... According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, spending rose an average of 5 percent per year with state debt rising $2.6 billion in four years.
Jun 6 2012
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed." Noting that price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy."
Jun 5 2012
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who opposed Romney in the 2008 GOP primary, all estimated that the former governor raised a combined $750 million per year in additional revenue through fees and loophole closures.
Jun 5 2012
But like many states, it was also losing manufacturing jobs. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says this did not start under Romney. With its high wages and high cost of living, the state had been bleeding factory jobs for at least three decades.