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Tax boost lets state close gap in budget

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Dec 5 2009

By David Abel, The Boston Globe

"I'm surprised at this shortsighted action, because even if the revenue forecast turns out to be accurate, the budget is still several hundred million dollars off-balance,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It's highly unusual to build into your budget a forecasted surplus for two months.
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If So, How Was $2M Taken From Lawrence Court?

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Dec 4 2009

By Peg Rusconi, WBZ TV

Michael Widmer is with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "When an audit comes in showing this kind of problem, I would expect probation from that moment on to be absolutely zealous to make sure the taxpayers' money is protected."
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Correction agencies’ budgets soaring

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Dec 3 2009

By Jon Saltzman, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the report shows that a trend his foundation observed six years ago has continued despite deep cuts to other state programs. In a 2003 study, Widmer's foundation said spending on prisons and jails would surpass spending on higher education the following year, the first time that had happened in decades.
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'Mass-ive Debt'

Dec 3 2009

By Andy Hiller, WHDH

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said, "I'm amazed. Not too much shocks me anymore in government." Even an expert who's been looking at state budgets for years is surprised when I show him the stats. "We're spending a million dollars that we don't have," Widmer said.
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Property tax increases continue, but most communities have hit limit

Nov 30 2009

By Michael Norton and Jim O’Sullivan, Arlington Advocate / State House News Service

"Controlling the growth of health care costs is the single most important step municipalities can take to weather the financial storms ahead," the foundation said. "In order to accomplish this, municipalities need to be given the same authority to design health insurance plans outside of collective bargaining that the state has for its employees and retirees through the Group Insurance Commission."
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Unemployment deal

Nov 26 2009

By Jay Fitzgerald, The Boston Herald

"The (unemployement fund) rate increase is still large, but it's smaller than it could have been," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Health pushes firms’ tax up

Nov 26 2009

By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe

"It's a good-faith effort by the administration to try and cushion the impact here, but it's still going to be a major blow to employers,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business group. "We already have the highest unemployment insurance costs in the nation, we and the state of Washington.''
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Reform run off the road

Nov 23 2009

By Charles Chieppo, The Boston Herald

It's hard to figure out how Loux qualifies. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said the board appointments potentially represent a serious setback for transportation reform.
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Flynn says state too broke to build rail extension

Nov 23 2009

By Vicki-Ann Downing, The Brockton Enterprise

In addition, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the T's financial condition is "hemorrhaging" and that the T will be "under pressure for years," said Flynn.
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Massachusetts revisits immigrant tuition bill

Nov 22 2009

By Russell Contreras, North Carolina Times / AP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that 400 to 600 students might enter Massachusetts schools as a result of the bill and that it likely would result in $2.5 million of extra revenue.
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