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Apr 25 2012
“He will be methodical, and likely have a structured process where he tries to examine the pluses and minuses of a group of candidates,” said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public-policy organization. “He’ll depend on a small group of advisers; his whole career is having a small group around him. That’s his comfort level.”
Mar 28 2012
"It was done the way you'd do it if you were deciding what to invest in," said Michael Widmer, a veteran statehouse watcher with 40 years at the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. "The actual input from the education community, from the stakeholders, was minuscule, if any. It went nowhere."
Mar 22 2012
Even one of the experts cited by the Patrick administration on Wednesday to back up the governor’s jobs claims says the old numbers can no longer be relied upon. “Those data are no longer relevant and that comparison would have to be updated,” said Andy Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Mar 14 2012
There are still more positive signs for the state’s economy than negative, said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He cited three months of improving national job numbers, as well as consumer and business confidence indices that have picked up recently.
Mar 9 2012
“This is certainly a cold shower,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “If you look back at the economic recoveries of earlier times, this is a pale shadow of those.”
Feb 27 2012
That piece was a dud with budget hawks like Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who felt it was a giveaway to businesses that never had to prove they needed the dough or they’d keep the workers after taking the cash.
Feb 16 2012
“I broadly call that a middle-of-the-road, balanced approach,” said Michael Widmer, of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “That’s the approach every governor--Republican, Democrat--and legislatures have taken. Which is: some balance between new revenues and spending cuts.”
Jan 23 2012
The new revenue: But since the tax cuts were relatively small, the revenue taxpayers saved was "vastly less" than the roughly $700 million in additional annual revenue the foundation estimates was raised because of other measures Romney signed, according to Michael Widmer, the foundation's president.
Jan 22 2012
“It’s consistent with our general sense of the slowly, very slowly, improving Massachusetts economy, and housing with it,” said Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan, business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Jan 20 2012
"The job picture is much more sobering than it was six months ago, which will only place further pressure on the already strained state finances," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "As a result, we are seeing greater demand for state programs while experiencing slower revenue growth."