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Mitt Romney and reorganizing government

Nov 4 2011

By Ed O'Keffe, The Washington Post

But Mike Widmer, head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy organization devoted to Bay State fiscal policy, said Romney’s reforms were just modest, top-level attempts to fix things. “Reforms are tough,” he added. “If one’s really trying to save money and change how government delivers services, they’re really tough. If one is trying to move around agencies at the top level, one can do that pretty straightforwardly, but there isn’t too much to show for it in terms of savings or better delivery of services.”
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A have and have-not world

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Nov 3 2011

By Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Tax­payers Foundation, which represents business interests on Beacon Hill, doesn’t support a progressive income tax in Massachusetts, but he does agree with Kaufman that income inequality is a growing problem, not just in Massa­chusetts but across the nation. “What it really raises is whether the middle class is disappearing, and I think it is,” Widmer says.
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Q&S with Mike Widmer

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Oct 21 2011

By Mary E. Arata, Nashoba Publishing

Selectman Stephen Themelis of Pepperell asked about the cost-of-living in the face of devalued incomes for the so-called fractured middle class that Widmer identified. "I suspect we're going to see hundreds if not thousands of books on this topic over the next decade," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. While the low inflation rate isn't likely to soon change, Widmer says the personal income issues is "the critical factor."
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Job picture mixed under Romney

Oct 2 2011

The Advertiser / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, described Romney's jobs record as "mixed," saying Romney failed to take the long view in his planning. "The administration never really put together an overall economic development strategy to improve the state's economic competitiveness," he said. "They did bits and pieces but they never really had an overall game plan."
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Seeking Taxes, Romney Went After Business

Oct 2 2011

By Michael Barbaro, The New York Times

However, by 2005, when Mr. Romney proposed his third round of corporate tax loophole closings, “frustrations had reached a boil,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Some cautiously optimistic following Obama speech

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Sep 11 2011

By Chris Camire, Sentinel & Enterprise

But Widmer said any good the bill does will be dwarfed by systemic problems facing the economy, including volatile European markets, low consumer confidence, and shrinking retirements for the middle class. "This is going to help a bit but it's not going to be a huge event," said Widmer. "If all of this were passed tomorrow, would it jump start the economy? No, it would not. There are too many other factors at play."
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A look at Huntsman, Perry, Romney jobs records

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Aug 30 2011

By Jackie Kucinich, Tucson Citizen / USA Today

But Widmer said in the short term, governors have very little control of their states’ economies. “The judgment, I think, on governors is, what have they done to improve the economy of their state over the long term?” he said. “Did they have an economic development strategy?” “The (Romney) administration never had a fully developed economic development strategy,” he said.
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New Gaming Bill Promises New State Revenue, Jobs

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Aug 24 2011

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

“It’s important in the debate that the merits of this proposal are considered and not viewed as some revenue bonanza and an answer to our state’s fiscal problems,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Brown’s account lacks accounting

Aug 17 2011

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

In fact, in 2002, the Legislature passed a revenue package worth about $1.1 billon - tax increases that took effect on Jan. 1, 2003. That was part of a balanced approach that saw the state reduce spending, raise taxes, and tap rainy day reserves, notes Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Did Mitt Romney Raise Taxes Or ‘Close Loopholes’?

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Aug 12 2011

By Benjy Sarlin, Talking Points Memo

"It's straightforward," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told McClatchy Newspapers in 2007. "He raised corporate taxes."
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