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Jun 3 2012
Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that analyzes fiscal trends in the state, warned us when we first looked at Axelrod’s 47th-in-the-nation claim in June 2011 not to put too much stock in any governor's influence over their state's rate of job growth. The ability for governors to manage the state economy is vastly overrated, Widmer said.
Jun 3 2012
Nevertheless, Massachusetts unemployment declined from just under 6 percent at the beginning of Romney’s term to 4.7 percent when he left, and his backers claim he narrowed a $2 billion budget gap without raising taxes. But we all remember how he raised a wide variety of fees as well as closing business-tax loopholes in order to boost revenue by $750 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
May 31 2012
But Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, criticized the spending benchmark and said the revised bill still gives the new authority too much power to interfere with finances of providers and insurers.
May 31 2012
Some in the business community also complained that Romney never fulfilled a promise to be the state’s chief cheerleader, instead using the Bay State as a punch line as he began laying the groundwork for his 2008 presidential campaign. “He campaigned in 2002 that he was going to be the ambassador for Massachusetts, that as a CEO at the highest levels of the private sector he could open doors and bring business to Massachusetts,’’ said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
May 30 2012
But as Factcheck.org notes, the “Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance says that fee increases during Romney’s tenure added up to $260 million per year, with another $174 million raised from closing some corporate tax ‘loopholes.’ The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation puts the revenue total of fee hikes and tax loophole-closings at between $740 and $750 million a year.”
May 29 2012
Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a business trade group, has called for tighter controls on spending than the House or Senate has proposed. Its regular allies - including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a research organization for employers - warn against over-regulation.
May 27 2012
Yet it is useful for taxpayers to keep an eye on high public salaries, said Carolyn Ryan, policy analyst at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It is always good to look at salary information in detail, because the bulk of local government money — two-thirds to three-quarters of spending — is driven by personnel costs for police, fire, education,” Ryan said.
May 25 2012
As communities such as Acushnet and Fairhaven take advantage of the 2011 municipal health care reform law, the measure is "vastly surpassing expectations," the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said Thursday.
"So many communities are facing the budget squeeze from the recession that they need savings anywhere they can find it," said Carolyn Ryan, policy analyst for the nonpartisan, Boston foundation. The reform law "helps them to avoid layoffs and service cutbacks."