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More calling for Lawrence receivership

Mar 1 2010

By Bill Kirk, The Eagle Tribune

"It's imperative that Lawrence have some kind of receivership similar to Springfield," said Widmer. He was referring to legislation approved during the Romney administration in 2004 that put that Western Massachusetts city under control of a five-person finance control board.
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Unions’ support is no lock for Patrick

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Mar 1 2010

By Brian C. Mooney, The Boston Globe

"The public employee unions are used to getting their way on Beacon Hill, and this is a broad array of issues in which they've sustained setbacks,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. "The governor has shown leadership in taking on a host of issues that are near and dear to the hearts of public employee unions. Whether the public will give the governor credit is an open question, but the vast majority certainly support these initiatives.''
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Hacks pocketing $2.5M in get-out-of-jail fees

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Feb 28 2010

By Jessica Fargen, The Boston Herald

"This is a striking amount of money these fees are generating for these clerks," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are paid well. This should be part of their responsibilities."
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Look Who Supports National Health Reform

Feb 24 2010

WBUR.org

"It's no secret that the reimbursements from the federal government help fund health reform. National health reform will be important in its own right, and it will also be important for Massachusetts in terms of funding on a long term basis." - Mike Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
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Sales tax cut a tough sell

Feb 22 2010

By Stephanie Bergman, The Sun Chronicle

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said his group opposes the measure because the state could not afford to reduce the sales tax. "Where would this money come from, what programs would be cut?" Widmer said. "We've already had two, three, four rounds of cuts."
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Answers sought for future of Pike tolls

Feb 21 2010

By Ashley Studley, MetroWest Daily News

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said electronic tolling is the way of the future. ``In 10, 20, 30 years from now, I think it will be the major way in which we fund transportation investments,'' he said.
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Curious Why Some Workers Can Cash In Sick Days

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Feb 19 2010

By David Wade, WBZ TV

"This is a troubling policy," says Michael Widmer who heads the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer says that since this kind of deal is virtually unheard of in the private sector, that public employees shouldn't get it either. "Clearly at a time of fiscal crisis this should be examined, and frankly, it should be abolished as quickly as possible," says Widmer.
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State gets $132.7m boost from US

Feb 19 2010

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"It's a bit of good news,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who follows the budget closely. "It doesn't change the fact that we've got two more difficult fiscal years ahead, but additional revenue is certainly good news.''
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Their time is money

Feb 18 2010

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, The Boston Globe

"Given the fiscal realities of cities and towns, it's very difficult to broaden these programs,'' says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed research group. The tax work-off "is a transfer of the taxpayer burden to other taxpayers. There are a lot of needy people who aren't seniors. So in terms of equity, there is a question raised.''
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Patrick challengers offer ideas to close budget gap

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Feb 18 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"In good economic times, it might be an asset to be the incumbent governor and show spending increases for good causes,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "This kind of fiscal meltdown might be a serious disadvantage to the incumbent.'
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