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Mixed messages on paying for transportation

Sep 27 2017

CommonWealth Magazine

In addition to the loud message sent by the ballot question, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation also released a report on transportation just hours before the Senate study was unveiled that says money isn’t the panacea for the aging network. The taxpayer report cited the growing impact of climate change on various modes of transportation and said those will cost money as well. The report called for additional study before tossing money at a problem no one has a full grasp on. “Climate change has emerged as one of the most pressing problems as both a long-term trend and a short-term shock,” the report states. “The state must contend with the impact of more frequent and more severe heat waves, storm surges, floods, heavy rainfall events, sea rises, and their impact on roads, rails, power, signals, tunnels, culverts and more.”
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Baker: Why I'm voting yes on Question 2

Nov 6 2016

By Governor Charlie Baker, The Salem News

The notion that public charters take money from district schools has been disproven over and over again by organizations as diverse as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute and the Boston Foundation. Virtually everyone who has studied this issue has found that public charter schools have resulted in more money being spent on public education in Massachusetts, not less.
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Our view: Yes on charter schools, no on legalized marijuana

Oct 31 2016

Newburyport News

Supporters of traditional schools argue that districts lose funding to charters. But in a report released last month, the highly respected Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted that charters receive about 4 percent of the roughly $12.7 billion the state spends on education — and educate about 4 percent of the state’s children. The funding mechanism is similar to that used for school choice students, or those who attend regional schools like Essex Tech.
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Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4

Oct 28 2016

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

If that isn’t enough of a buzzkill for supporters of Question 4, then talk to Eileen McAnneny, president of the fiscal watchdog group Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. McAnneny’s group, along with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is opposing Question 4. I’ve never heard her so hopped up about an issue. “The $100 million is kind of pulled out of thin air from proponents,” said McAnneny of how much tax revenue the state will see. “I don’t think it is a slam dunk the state will make money.”
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Report: Charters Don't Hurt Massachusetts District Schools Financially

Sep 29 2016

NECN

The study released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation appears to back up claims from supporters of a November ballot question that would allow a major expansion of charter schools. Proponents say passage of Question 2 would not financially harm conventional public schools as opponents have argued.
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State revenue skid ends with July tax haul beating benchmark

Aug 4 2016

State House News Service / WBJournal

On the spending side, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on Wednesday estimated a $240 million gap in the new budget, largely due to spending veto overrides in late July.
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Senate proposes taxing Air Bnb to raise Earned Income Tax Credit in Massachusetts

Jul 12 2016

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Given all the fluctuation in tax revenues over the past several months, I think it makes sense to just hit the pause button and have a better understanding before we make any changes to the tax code," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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He’s Mr. Popularity; now can Charlie Baker deliver?

Feb 18 2016

By John Powers, The Boston Globe

“He’s pretty straightforward,” says Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “He calls it as he sees it, which is kind of refreshing. He clearly wants to govern, in all that entails.”
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MBTA “at the end of its line,” says taxpayer group

Mar 13 2015

By Marianne Hayes, The Metro

“The financial burden on the Commonwealth is too high and the importance of the T to the state’s economy is too great to allow this decades-long problem to worsen,” added McAnneny in an MTF statement. While the group is calling for the state to immediately halt expansion projects for the rest of 2015, it did specify that the Green Line Extension would be exempt since it has already been funded. The MTF is also urging policymakers to proceed with caution before pulling the trigger on any recently made proposals, as they don’t address any plans for fixing the MBTA’s infrastructure problem.
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