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Editorial: By postponing hard choices, Beacon Hill risks greater pain

May 2 2010

The Boston Globe

This one-time money is likely to dry up much faster than tax revenues recover; the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is predicting a $2.5 billion shortfall in fiscal 2012. That's bad enough. But voters will likely be confronted in November with ballot initiatives to cut the state sales tax from 6.25 cents to 3 cents and to repeal the sales tax on alcohol purchases altogether. Should those measures pass, billions of dollars in expected revenues would vanish.
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Baker relied on revenue increases

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Apr 28 2010

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

Though Baker slams Patrick for "spending our state into oblivion,'' state expenditures during the years Baker oversaw the budget grew by an annualized rate of just shy of 5 percent, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan, business-funded watchdog group. Since Patrick presented his first budget, for fiscal year 2008, state spending has increased an average of 2.4 percent, according to the group.
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Editorial: Push for salary parity should not be race to bottom

Apr 27 2010

The Patriot Ledger

"The private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told The Patriot Ledger earlier this month.
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State: Lockheed failed to field most appliance calls

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Apr 27 2010

By Renee Dudley , The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said spending the $800,000 might have been necessary. "But it is unfortunate that it was so costly for such a limited program," he said.
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Big tax policy questions attract small crowd

Apr 22 2010

By Jim O'Sullivan, The Eagle Tribune / State House News Service

MTF President Michael Widmer told the News Service in March the group does not have a formal position on either ballot question but would "likely" oppose the sales tax cut. Widmer said the two tax cuts would remove $2.5 billion a year from the tax base and the sales tax cut would lead to "massive cuts" in local aid and an "utter disaster" on the budget front.
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Editorial: A race to the bottom?

Apr 22 2010

The MetroWest Daily News

When it comes to health insurance and other benefits, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told GateHouse News Service, "the private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched."
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Editorial: Reform and Massachusetts

Apr 21 2010

The New York Times

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-supported nonpartisan watchdog, calls the state's health reform "remarkably successful" in expanding coverage to 97 percent of residents at a modest incremental cost to taxpayers, consistent with projections.
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Braintree faces local aid cut for third straight year

Apr 20 2010

By Robert Aicardi, The Braintree Forum / GateHouse News Service

Immediately after the House ways and means committee vote, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said that he expected most of the local aid cut to come from education allocations under the Chapter 70 program and agreed with the assessment that this represents the biggest cut in state school aid of the recession cycle.
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Editorial: Doom in 2012?

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Apr 18 2010

Worcester Telegram

Forget the Mayan prophecy of doom for December 2012. The far more likely catastrophe, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is a financial one that will hit with the state budget some months earlier, when the fiscal 2012 budget is put together. MTF warns that by constructing a fiscal 2011 budget that relies heavily on one-time federal funds, Gov. Deval Patrick is setting the state up for serious and widespread budget cuts a year later.
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Pay at many government jobs is higher than in private sector

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Apr 17 2010

By Steve Adams, Stoughton Journal / Gatehouse News Service

For many years, generous benefits were defended as a necessary incentive to attract applicants to lower-paying government jobs. "That may, in fact, have been true at one point, but it's now a myth," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. "The explanation no longer holds water."
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