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May 23 2012
We consulted the non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to gauge Romney’s handling of state debt as governor. “I didn’t get the sense that he attacked the problem or that he exacerbated it,” said Michael Widmer, the group’s president. “The increases weren’t dramatic compared to state finances, but, nonetheless, debt did increase.”
May 22 2012
Romney made a point of contrasting the fiscal record of President Barack Obama with his own record as governor of Massachusetts. We wondered whether that accurately reflected Romney’s fiscal record in the Bay State. ... We turned to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that studies fiscal policy in the state. They provided us with the figures for total state spending.
May 9 2012
Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the ... Senate’s spending benchmark “strikes a better balance than the House between the need to squeeze cost out of the health care system without damaging the state’s world renowned health care sector.’’
May 8 2012
Early last year, a group of business-affiliated organizations, including the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, came out in opposition to the bill. They noted that allowing ambulance companies to charge insurance companies directly for the services they provide actually serves as a disincentive for them to participate in the health care networks that many, including Democratic leaders, say are critical to reducing costs.
May 7 2012
According to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study released in February 2011, Billerica ranks 36th statewide in total pension and post-employment benefits, or OPEB, provided to employees, adding up to $307.34 million. Reached last week, MTF President Michael Widmer said the totals are likely higher since towns only have to gather the information once every two years.