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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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Romney didn’t wreck his state’s economy. But he didn’t save it, either.

Aug 12 2011

By Suzy Khimm, The Washington Post

Ultimately, “Massachusetts suffered a worse recession than just about any other state,” says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank.
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Municipal experts worried more about federal aid cuts to Brockton area

Aug 10 2011

By Erik Potter, Bridgewater Independent

While Moody’s issued a report last week putting 161 communities with Aaa ratings on a “negative watch list,” including a dozen in Massachusetts, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that is not what towns and cities should be worried about.
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Municipal experts worried more about federal aid cuts to Brockton area

Aug 10 2011

By Erik Potter, Bridgewater Independent

While Moody’s issued a report last week putting 161 communities with Aaa ratings on a “negative watch list,” including a dozen in Massachusetts, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that is not what towns and cities should be worried about.
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Rating agency downbeat on Mass. communities

Aug 9 2011

By Peter Schworm, The Boston Globe

“It all trickles down,’’ said Andrew Bagley, research director for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal think tank. “Town budgets are already stretched to the max, and they have very little latitude. If the federal government starts cutting spending, it’s going to put the squeeze on cities and towns.’’
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What The Debt Ceiling Deal Means For Massachusetts

Aug 7 2011

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

“I’m concerned. I think we’re seeing the beginning of a lengthy period, how long we don’t know, in which government at the federal, state and local levels are going to have to re-trench,” said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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A price to pay in Massachusetts

Aug 3 2011

By Brian Boyd, South Coast Today

Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the specifics aren't clear yet and officials will have to wait for the new committee to offer its recommendations. Still, he said long-term cost cutting by the federal government will result in less aid for municipal governments.
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With No Deal On Debt Limit, Mass. Leaders Prepare For The Worst

Jul 29 2011

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Massachusetts is due about a billion dollars from the federal government in September and without it, the state could be hard pressed to make a scheduled local aid payment to cities and towns, according to Michael Widmer , President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Brown sticks with reticence on proposals

Jul 28 2011

By Theo Emery and Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that the debt ceiling is an “enormously potent’’ situation and that voters will have to judge afterward how their elected officials handled it.
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Romney Defends Jobs Record

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Jul 25 2011

By Sarah Murray, The Wall Street Journal

Economic experts in the state are less inclined to lay blame on Mr. Romney. "The reality of that [job-creation] number was really the larger economic forces," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed research group.
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