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Mass Healthcare Reform's Success Comes From 'Shared Responsibility'

May 27 2009

By Les Masterson, Health Leaders Media

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report found that the state's health reform spending will grow by a projected $707 million between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2010-half of which is being supported by federal reimbursements. So, in fact, the state has paid an extra $353 million or $88 million annually for health reform while adding more than 432,000 residents to health insurance, according to the report.
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Pols weigh toll hike on top of sales tax bump

May 27 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Both the House and Senate passed a sales tax increase by a veto-proof majority recently, but the cash will only cover the Pike for a couple of years, said fiscal watchdog Michael Widmer. "It would head off the need for this toll increase, but not toll increases going forward," said Widmer, executive director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association.
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Opinion: This ain't no 'partnership'

May 27 2009

The Daily News

Rather, it's a step backwards as both the MMA and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation contend.
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Massachusetts Health Reform: The Myth Of Uncontrollable Costs

May 26 2009

Massachusetts Health Reform: The Myth Of Uncontrollable Costs

By Michael J. Widmer, WBUR

The Taxpayers Foundation has released a new report which debunks this myth. The analysis concludes that the public cost of achieving near universal access has been modest and well within early projections of how much the state would have to spend to implement the reform.
 

Police training sites see little use

May 25 2009

By Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit group that is funded by state businesses, said consolidating police training facilities makes sense, especially now. "We're not going to be hiring many police for a long time," he said. "At a time when programs are being cut across all of state government, this appears to be an opportunity for savings with minimal consequences."
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Mass. Turnpike detail seen as road to riches for many state troopers

May 23 2009

By Jack Flynn, The republican

"This is the moment for change; it is simply not fair to ask toll payers to bear these kind of salaries," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

 

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Kezer says bill contains 'poison pill'

May 22 2009

By Lynne Hendricks, The Daily News

"The final indignity is if you somehow don't meet this target, the state can cut local aid and penalize you," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy organization that focuses on state and local spending. "In the end, the state says we won't give you authority to manage health care costs, but we'll penalize you for not managing health care costs."
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Lawmakers still haven't heard us

May 22 2009

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

"This is the moment," says Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "If there aren't meaningful reforms during this time of fiscal crisis, there never will be any reforms." Widmer's exactly right about that. If not now, when?
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Proposed Transit Reforms May Drive Up Costs

May 21 2009

By Meghan Chakrabarti, WBUR

But Mike Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says that's wishful thinking. "It would have the opposite effect, namely driving the highway department wages up closer to the Turnpike Authority wages, and in the end we'd be paying more through this transportation reorganization," Widmer said.
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Towns, police grapple with possible Quinn Bill cut

May 21 2009

By Michael Morton, The MetroWest Daily News

Given the uneven impact, Michael Widmer, director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called for the Quinn Bill to be altered rather than eliminated by a Legislature looking for budget cuts. "We need to have reform, not simply to have another sledgehammer here," he said.
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