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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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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation names new president

Dec 10 2014

By Eric Convey, Boston Business Journal

McAnneny, a public policy expert, to advance MTF role as a non-partisan voice on fiscal and economic issues across the Commonwealth
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Public-policy veteran tapped to lead tax foundation

Dec 10 2014

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Eileen McAnneny, a veteran of public policy battles on Beacon Hill and a longtime advocate for business interests, will succeed Michael Widmer as president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The MTF Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to name McAnneny to the post, an influential one on Beacon Hill where lawmakers have long turned to the foundation for economic data and policy recommendations.
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Mass. Taxpayers Foundation names Eileen McAnneny new head

Dec 9 2014

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

McAnneny will replace Michael Widmer, who said in May that he would retire after 22 years of leading the high-profile organization. Widmer said a search committee consisting of several board members, led by Karen Green of the law firm WilmerHale, reviewed a strong pool of candidates before picking McAnneny. “She’s got a breadth of experience in the State House, in the business community, running an association,” Widmer said of McAnneny. “She brings a whole range of credentials.”
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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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