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Why wait to enact reforms?

May 13 2009

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

"Because you have worked for one week, you get '23 and out'?" says Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "I don't buy it - and I don't think the courts would either."
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Senators eye sales, gas, booze tax in budget bind

May 12 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Fiscal watchdog Michael Widmer, executive director at the business-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, said the cuts even with a 25 percent increase in the sales tax would trigger, "a tsunami-like reaction" from those dependent on state funding. "It's sort of degrees of pain, here. If they want to mitigate some of this they'll have to raise more taxes, but I don't see any appetite to do that," Widmer said.
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Massachusetts sales tax hike a job killer, retailers association says

May 11 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Beacon Hill Institute is overestimating job losses from the proposed increase.
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State study: Long, slow road to recovery

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May 11 2009

By Nancy Reardon, The Enterprise

Michael Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, estimates recovery will take until 2014 - and largely because the state has relied heavily on federal stimulus funding and its "rainy day" reserves fund, both of which will be just about spent by the end of 2010.
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Briefing: State Budget

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May 11 2009

Worcester Business Journal Online

The latest revenue estimate for FY 2010, which the Senate is using as it readies a proposal for release this month, is approximately $18 billion. In contrast, the original projection for 2009 was $21.5 billion, meaning revenues have declined 16 percent because of the recession. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, recently called the situation "the worst fiscal crisis in the state's history."
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Patrick wants union givebacks

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May 8 2009

By Andrea Estes and Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"The administration deserves credit for holding the increase to 1 percent for the first two years," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "But the state will still be in the midst of a fiscal crisis when the 3 percent increases take effect. In the end, most state and local governments are facing a tradeoff of salary increases or laying off employees."
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Economists: State's financial crisis could last until 2014

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May 7 2009

By Matt Murphy, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said state tax collections could plummet to as little as $17.8 billion next year. "This is going to be the worst fiscal crisis in the state's history," Widmer said.
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Editorial: Tough choices face cities, towns

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May 7 2009

The Republican

Budget storm clouds began to gather last summer when the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal watchdog, said the state revenue shortfall could easily exceed $1 billion - an unthinkable amount at the time. We argued in this space that it was time for cities and towns to get proactive by scouring their budgets for savings - and to make cuts where necessary.
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‘Worst fiscal crisis’ in state history still not at bottom

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May 6 2009

By Jim O’Sullivan and Kyle Cheney, The Beverly Citizen / State House News

"I think it's fair to say it's a catastrophe," Widmer said, calling the state's predicament "the worst fiscal crisis in the state's history."
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State tax group predicts dour 2010

May 6 2009

By Jesse Noyes, Memphis Business Journal / Boston Business Journal

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) projected tax revenues will reach $17.82 billion in 2010, a steep drop from the $20.89 billion collected in 2008 and the $18.44 billion the state expects to take in this fiscal year.
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