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Baddour, others, rebuke Gov. Patrick's transportation pick

Oct 31 2009

State House News Service / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the now-defunct Transportation Finance Commission, was equally critical. "The Board appointments are potentially a serious setback for transportation reform," he said in a statement. "It's not clear that at least two of the designees meet the qualifications laid out in the statute. The Chair has limited transportation experience and Ms. Loux represents the narrow self interests that reform was intended to put behind us. Given the magnitude of transportation problems facing the Commonwealth, it is unfortunate that the board does not reflect new and experienced leadership."
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Transport boss eyeing gas tax

Oct 31 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"The whole purpose of the reform is to set a new agenda and move beyond the dysfunctional authorities of the past. To have three members of the boards as your five picks who have very limited transportation experience is very disappointing," said Michael Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who sat on the governor's Transportation Finance Committee.
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Patrick: Cuts Force Hard Questions About State Services

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Oct 30 2009

By Fred Thys, WBUR

At the same time, the governor is being criticized for using federal stimulus money and the state's rainy day fund to offset part of the budget deficit. Michael Widmer, of the Massachusetts Taxpayers' Foundation, warned the state is running through the money very quickly. "And this just delays the day of reckoning and means more pain later," Widmer said.
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New Mass. transport team looks a lot like old one

Oct 30 2009

By Glen Johnson, Bismarck Tribune / AP

In a statement, Widmer added: "It's not clear that at least two of the designees meet the qualifications laid out in the statute. The chair has limited transportation experience, and Ms. Loux represents the narrow self interests that reform was intended to put behind us. Given the magnitude of transportation problems facing the commonwealth, it is unfortunate that the board does not reflect new and experienced leadership."
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Familiar faces named to new transportation board

Oct 30 2009

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

Senator Steven A. Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who leads his chamber on transportation issues, said in a statement that she "undercuts the very essence of reform," an assessment that was echoed by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Patrick to end nearly 1,000 jobs

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Oct 30 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"There may have to be another round of cuts this year, and there certainly will be major cuts in the fiscal 2011 budget,'' said Michael J. Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. One issue with Patrick's approach to budget-balancing, Widmer said, is it relies in part on one-time revenue sources, including federal stimulus funds and money from the state's reserve account.
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Jobs, Holidays On Governor's Chopping Block

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Oct 29 2009

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Thirty-five thousand Suffolk County employees benefited from the holiday at a cost of $6 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Patrick To Cut Up To 2,000 Jobs, Protect Local Aid

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Oct 29 2009

By Dave Shaw, WBUR

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the governor is still depending too heavily on one-time sources to plug budget holes. "He's using some more of the state's rainy day reserves and federal stimulus dollars and we have run through those moneys very quickly," Widmer said. "This just delays the day of reckoning and means more pain later."
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Mass. Gov. Patrick set to drop the axe on state budget

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Oct 29 2009

By Alysha Palumbo, NECN

Michael Widmer with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said today's cuts could get ugly. "Cuts upon cuts upon cuts, so it's really a pretty drastic situation that is not going to end anytime soon," said Widmer last month.
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Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $600M in new budget cuts today

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Oct 29 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"It's ugly and it's going to get uglier," said Michael Widmer, executive director of the business-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Services have already born a heavy brunt of the cuts - this is the fourth round for some agencies."
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