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Taxpayers paying millions for questionable disability pensions

Jun 18 2009

By Elizabeth Crowley, The Patriot Ledger

"I'd say the numbers are shockingly high," said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a watchdog group on public spending. "Does it pass the straight-face test that there is this number of individuals legitimately qualified to get these? The short answer is no."
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Bunker Hill Day a working holiday for top pols

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Jun 17 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

State employees can use the days as a floating holiday and the time off costs taxpayers about $6 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Deval Patrick posts sign language

Jun 17 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"It's a small amount of money, but I think it would be better if all of the money went directly to the projects. I don't think there's any purpose served by having the signs there," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer.
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Opposition to holidays gains steam

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Jun 17 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

State employees can use the days as a floating holiday. The time off costs taxpayers about $5 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Economy has lawmakers reconsidering Bunker Hill Day

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Jun 16 2009

By Tony Lee, The Metro

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day - celebrated March 17 in honor of the day the British troops fled Boston - cost state taxpayers about $5 million.
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State pension overhaul pleases Lynn's McGee

Jun 16 2009

By David Liscio, The Lynn Item

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the changes are a good first step, but are too targeted to generate the big savings local communities are looking for.
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Editorial: Pension reform bill important first step

Jun 14 2009

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The bill calls for the creation of a commission to review broader changes to the pension system. Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he's skeptical the commission's work will result in significant changes, partly because the commission is dominated by public employees who have a vested interest in issue.
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Some questions and answers on fare hikes

Jun 14 2009

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

"They're going to have to get a fare increase. The question is when does it take effect and how large is it," said Andy Bagley, research director for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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History repeats as states face looming budget deficits

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Jun 14 2009

By Ken Johnson, The Eagle Tribune

To balance the budget, legislators must also spend reserves and rely on federal stimulus money. But the state is plowing through those extra funds at an alarming rate, according to Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Pension reform OK'd: 'Abuses aren't justifiable'

Jun 12 2009

By Rita Savard, The Lowell Sun

"The public has been justifiably angry," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "This reform is a step in the right direction, but it's not the answer to the state's pension problem."
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