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Undocumented Students Seek Meeting With Sen. Brown

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Apr 8 2010

By Russell Contreras, WBZ / AP

It's unclear how many undocumented students in Massachusetts and other states would benefit from any federal changes. For example, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that 400 to 600 students might enter Massachusetts schools as a result of an in-state-tuition reform bill and that it likely would result in $2.5 million of extra revenue.
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Editorial: T has higher priorities than year-round train to Gillette

Apr 7 2010

The Boston Globe

But with looming deficits in both the T's maintenance and operating budgets, "we need to be very careful about adding costs,'' warns Michael Widmer, who heads the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The rail proposal should be kept on the drawing board until other priorities are addressed.
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Mass. lawmakers moving ahead with $28 billion budget despite $195 million to $295 million new shortfall predicted by Gov. Deval

Apr 6 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the new spending is difficult to explain in light of the budget problems, but it is logical. "It's a little bit of moving money around," Widmer said. "That's standard."
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Property tax collection falls short by $211M

Apr 6 2010

By Laura Crimaldi and Sydney Lupkin , The Boston Herald

"Increasing the rate of collections will just help on the margins," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Even if they change their collection rate, it does not change the fundamental reality that they rely so heavily on local aid."
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Editorial: Baker deserves support on plan to help cities cut health costs

Apr 3 2010

The Boston Globe

The Republican team says their proposal would save about $100 million a year, an estimate Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, calls "very reasonable.''
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Mass. agency limits health premium increases

Apr 2 2010

By Glen Johnson, The Daily Caller / AP

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which represents insurers, health care providers and an array of area businesses, termed the action "arbitrary and capricious."
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Health insurance rate hikes rejected

Apr 2 2010

By Kyle Cheney, The Milford Daily News / State House News Service

"It's like throwing a hand grenade into the health insurance marketplace," Widmer said. "It may not have legal basis. It almost certainly will be challenged in court."
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Cahill running mate backs away from health care vote

Apr 1 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said that the law, though it has not held down spiraling premiums, is costing the state less than 1 percent of its budget and has succeeded in extending coverage to about 97 percent of residents.
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Mitt Romney gets it right

Apr 1 2010

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

A year ago, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation produced a report that is considered the bible on Massachusetts health care costs. In the first four years since the law was enacted, the report concluded that state budget spending on health reform grew from a base of $1.041 billion in fiscal 2006 to a projected $1.748 billion in fiscal 2010. "That is an increase of $707 million, half of which is supported by federal reimbursements. The $353 million state share translates into an average yearly increase of only $88 million,'' the report stated.
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Pension benefit at issue

Apr 1 2010

By Matt Carroll, The Boston Herald

"These abuses are fueling the ire of the public,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a frequent critic of public pension plans.
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