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.
Dec 9 2014
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.”
Nov 13 2014
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.”
May 28 2014
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.