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Backers say sales tax cut to be on ballot

Jun 24 2010

By David Abel, The Boston Globe

"It would mean drastic cuts in aid to cities and towns, public higher education, health care, human services, and public safety,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It would come after several rounds of cuts and would have a dramatic impact on state and local programs that the public has rightly come to expect.''
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Briefing: Municipal Health Plan Design

Jun 22 2010

Worcester Business Journal Online

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, municipalities' health insurance costs have grown from 6 percent of their budgets in 2001 to 14 percent today and are projected to hit 20 percent by 2020.
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Officials frown on furlough payback

Jun 21 2010

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, criticized DiPaola for handing out the bonuses during a statewide economic crisis.
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OPINION: Help cities, towns cut health costs

Jun 21 2010

The Eagle Tribune

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, health insurance costs have risen from 6 percent of municipal budgets in 2001 to 14 percent today, a figure projected to rise to 20 percent by 2020. Unfortunately, the Senate proposal seems more likely to make that situation worse than to make it better.
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Funds debate pits pressure from home with Brown's campaign pledges

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Jun 18 2010

By Kyle Cheney, State House New Service / Dedham Transcript

"D-Day is getting closer," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, referring to the beginning of the next fiscal year. "There's clearly, I think, a broad understanding of the very serious consequences of not doing this."
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Our view: Business groups throw weight behind 'plan design

Jun 17 2010

The Salem News

The coalition, which includes the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is urging legislators to allow municipal officials to modify health plans without negotiating with each and every union.
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Editorial: Cities, towns don't need this kind of help on health care costs

Jun 17 2010

Gloucester Daily Times

In a letter to legislative leaders this week, MTF President Michael J. Widmer said requiring municipal officials to bargain (and possibly submit to arbitration) over the use of any savings from changes in health coverage "places unnecessary further restrictions on a community's ability to manage health care costs." In fact, he adds, such a mandate "could well lead to higher costs down the road."
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Senate vote stirs anxiety over Federal health care funds

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Jun 17 2010

By Michael Norton and Kyle Cheney, State House News Service / Dedham Transcript

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer and Progressive Business Leaders Network Executive Director Andrew Tarsy - wrote in a Wednesday letter. "It will mean reductions in all types of state services, including health care, K-12 and higher education, public safety, municipal services, and a wide range of human services."
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Editorial: Time for leaders to lead

Jun 16 2010

The Boston Herald

That is how Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer describes the reform known as plan design, which would give local officials the same authority that the state has to control the design of employee health plans, outside of collective bargaining.
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The two faces of Baker

Jun 16 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

Nor is excess spending the real nub of our budgetary troubles. "The fundamental cause of the state's fiscal problems is the collapse of tax revenues,'' notes Michael Widmer, the foundation's president.
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