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Judge's retirement deal comes under fire

Nov 14 2014

AP / The Sun Chronicle

But Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer says it "illustrates the all-too-common problem of stretching the system for personal gain at taxpayers' expense."
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Judge profited, despite his absence from bench

Nov 13 2014

By Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe

However, taxpayer watchdogs criticized Johnson’s work this year as a waste of scarce resources. “Whatever the rationale in this particular case,” said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer, “it illustrates the all-too-common problem of stretching the system for personal gain at taxpayers’ expense.”
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Mass. Taxpayers Foundation President Widmer to retire

May 28 2014

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / Worcester Business Journal Online

Beacon Hill politicians for years have touted Michael Widmer's stamp of approval as proof that their fiscal or policy proposals are meritorious. Now Widmer is poised to exit a stage where he has loomed large since the early 1990s.
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Michael Widmer to retire as Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president

May 28 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

Michael Widmer plans to retire at the end of the year, after 25 years leading the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Head of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation leaving

May 28 2014

AP / The Boston Herald

The head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has announced plans to retire. Michael Widmer has been president since 1992 of the non-partisan research organization that has been influential in state budget analysis and other major public policy issues.
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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's Widmer to step down

May 27 2014

By Eric Convey, Boston Business Journal

Michael Widmer, who has run the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation for 22 years, is stepping down, he told State House News Service in an article published today.
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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president to retire

May 27 2014

By Chris Reidy, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, the 75-year-old president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire “when the transition to a successor is complete,” something likely to happen by the end of the year.
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Report: Unfunded liabilities digging deeper fiscal hole

Oct 18 2013

By Lisa Hagen, The Lowell Sun

"The way the payment schedule is going to be structured is how much the state will contribute over the next 30 years to get unfunded liability to 0," said Widmer. "The way payment works right now has unfunded liability increasing for next several years."
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'Free service' retiree perk drawing fire

Oct 6 2013

By Lyle Moran, The Lowell Sun

Widmer said the benefit "makes no sense whatsoever." "It is an exceedingly generous benefit to earn pension credit when you are not working or collecting a salary," Widmer said. "It makes no sense at all other than a sweetheart deal with the unions."
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Broadside: Software tax protest in Mass.

Aug 15 2013

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Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation agrees that the tax is a disaster, and says it isn't surprising that no one is defending the tax. "Well, clearly there wasn't an understanding of the scope of this tax I think on the part of the legislative leadership, certainly not on the part of the members," Widmer says. Widmer says the tax is the most far-reaching of its kind in the nation. "It affects every industry in the state - not just software, that's bad enough - and basically taxes innovation, investments that companies need to make to stay competitive," he says.
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