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Mitt Romney's vice president search expected to be careful, methodical

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Apr 25 2012

By David Lightman, Fresno Bee / McClatchy Newspapers

“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.”
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How Mitt Romney wielded power as Massachusetts' governor

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Mar 28 2012

By Lesley Clark, The Bellingham Herald / McClatchy Newspapers

"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."
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Patrick’s job growth claims incorrect

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Mar 22 2012

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

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.
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Unemployment rate rises in state

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Mar 14 2012

By David Riley, The Milford Daily News

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.
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Revisions show Massachusetts added far fewer jobs in 2011 than claimed

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Mar 9 2012

By Kyle Cheney, The Daily Item / State House News Service

“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.”
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The stimulus plan that Romney forgot

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Feb 27 2012

By Ed Mason, Salon

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.
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Mitt Romney reframes himself as a ‘severely conservative’ governor

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Feb 16 2012

By David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

“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.”
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Is Romney a tax cutter?

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Jan 23 2012

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN

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.
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Property values continue to drop, but not as sharply

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Jan 22 2012

By David Riley, The Enterprise

“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.
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State lost 6,200 jobs in December, experts say

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Jan 20 2012

By Kyle Cheney, The Lynn Item / State House News Service

"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."
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