Nov 6 2016
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.
Oct 31 2016
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.
Oct 28 2016
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.”
Sep 29 2016
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.
Aug 4 2016
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.
Jul 12 2016
"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.
Feb 18 2016
“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.”
Mar 13 2015
“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.
Dec 10 2014
McAnneny, a public policy expert, to advance MTF role as a non-partisan voice on fiscal and economic issues across the Commonwealth
Dec 10 2014
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.