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State mandate not driving health coverage costs

Apr 7 2009

By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe

"With all the criticism from the left and the right before health reform started - that individuals will have to pay more or that government will have to pay too much - this says both of the concerns are unfounded," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded public policy group. The foundation played a key role in creating the 2006 law.
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Our view: Signs of spring turnaround

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Apr 6 2009

The Salem News

Speaking at The Salem Partnership's annual meeting last week, Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted how this time "we are not leading the nation as we did in the last two recessions."
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Officials sound off on union perks

Apr 5 2009

By Brandon Butler, The Enterprise

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation -- a nonpartisan government watchdog group -- said cities and towns facing multi-million budget deficits can't afford the perks anymore. "It's just not sustainable," Widmer said. "But it's going to be very difficult to change."
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Panagiotakos a pivotal vote against plan for mass-transit liability cap

Apr 4 2009

By Glen Johnson, The Lowell Sun / AP

"There's a balance here, and across the country. States have put in place limits on how much exposure the taxpayer has," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the 2007 Transportation Finance Commission. It issued 19 recommendations, including expanding the state's liability cap to all transportation agencies.
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Business Groups May Withdraw Gas Tax Support

Apr 3 2009

By Frannie Carr, WBUR

The Taxpayers Foundation's President Michael Widmer says the bill's system restructuring plan also presents a problem. "The major restructuring in the legislation is much too complicated and difficult," Widmer explains, "And will end up causing massive confusion in the transportation bureaucracies for years to come."
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Biz groups fuming at fuel tax

Apr 3 2009

By Jay Fitzgerald, The Boston Herald

"If this is the extent of (the reforms), then there's no way I would support a gas-tax increase," said Michael Widmer, president of the taxpayers foundation. "They (senators) retreated on virtually every reform. . . . They gutted it."
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OPINION: Transportation ‘reform’ bill flawed

Apr 1 2009

The Enterprise

A Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report concludes the heavily touted bill "would produce no short-term savings and uncertain savings over the long term, falling dramatically short of the recommendations" of an independent commission for health care savings at the MBTA.
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Editorial: 'T' escapes 'reform' bill

Mar 31 2009

The Milford Daily News

One proposed reform, moving MBTA employees on to the Group Insurance Commission when contracts expire, could save at least $25 million a year, Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said. While that reform was included in the bill reported out by the Senate Transportation Committee, it disappeared by the time the final bill made it to the Senate floor, replaced by a process by which MBTA employees could be moved to the GIC if health costs exceeded the GIC costs by an as-yet-undetermined amount.
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Editorial: Where's 'reform before revenue' drumbeat now?

Mar 31 2009

The Daily News

Taxpayers deserve a lot more in the way of reform than either the governor or Senate have offered before they're saddled with any toll and/or tax hikes.
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Editorial: Benefits off track

Mar 31 2009

The Boston Herald

But the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has issued a report citing simple changes that could save this agency more than $1 billion over 20 years. And these reforms ought to be part of any transportation reform plan worthy of that label.
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