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$15 billion - What Massachusetts needs to pay retiree insurance benefits for 30 years, but doesn't have

Apr 24 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Each year we delay action on this, the problem gets bigger and more unwieldy," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has studied the impact of retiree benefits on state and local governments.
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Massachusetts state employees protest proposed health insurance changes

Mar 5 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, said the increase in premium co-pays to 25 percent is not unreasonable compared to private sector health plans. "Employees are being asked to pay more, but what they're asked to pay is in line with the private sector," McAnneny said.
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Charlie Baker prescribes cuts to MassHealth

Mar 5 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“If we’re trying to close the structural deficit over time, it’s something we’re going to have to focus on,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “and I would say not just MassHealth but health care in general.”
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Norwood budgets to tackle growing OPEB deficit

Jan 12 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Norwood Transcript

“I think the long-term issue is one of most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services. The longer you take to address them, the bigger the problem can become.”
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Benefits liability hangs over budgets

Dec 18 2014

By Gerry Tuoti and William J. Dowd , Wicked Local

“I think the long-term issue is one of most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services. The longer you take to address them, the bigger the problem can become.”
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Karyn Polito says new Health Connector website shows 'promising results'

Dec 5 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

Polito's prepared remarks, provided by her spokesman, referred to a shortfall of "$500 million to $600 million or more." Asked where the $700 million figure came from, Polito referred to the estimate by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's Michael Widmer and said Widmer placed the deficit somewhere around "five, six, seven hundred million dollars."
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My Turn: Why are conservatives so frightened by ObamaCare?

Nov 17 2014

By Davy Jones, The Examiner

Would you believe Forbes Magazine (a conservative publication)? If so, you should know that in 2012, Forbes quoted Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers foundation, an independent watchdog agency, as having said, “I think it has been a huge success. Romney should be proud of it. It has been one of the biggest policy achievements in this state over the last 25 years.”
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Editorial: The retiree dilemma

Sep 27 2014

The Boston Herald

Among those items of unfinished business the Patrick administration - and this sitting of the Legislature - leave behind is any attempt to reform the health care benefits paid to retired municipal workers that are bankrupting the state’s poorest communities.A new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation documents in distressing detail the scope of the problem. They studied spending for retiree health care by nine of the 10 municipalities with the lowest per capita income in the state (data for Fall River wasn’t available).
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Report: Retiree health costs equal nearly 20 percent of tax bills for single-family homeowners in Springfield, Holyoke

Sep 24 2014

By Jack Flynn, The Republican

Expanding health care costs for retired municipal workers equal nearly 20 percent of the property tax paid by the average single-family homeowner in Springfield and Holyoke, an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has found.
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Retiree health costs straining budgets in poorer cities

Sep 22 2014

By Andy Metzger, State House New Service / WWLP

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analyzed the impact of growing retiree health costs on nine of the 10 cities with the lowest per capita incomes. In North Adams, for example, retiree health care amounts to 22 percent of the city’s property tax levy, or $445 on the average annual tax bill in North Adams. “Not only are property taxpayers funding retiree health care at the expense of other services, they are also funding a benefit that most of them do not receive,” the MTF report stated. “Few residents have access to any retiree health care benefits themselves, let alone the generous ones provided by municipalities.”

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