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Health pushes firms’ tax up

Nov 26 2009

By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe

"It's a good-faith effort by the administration to try and cushion the impact here, but it's still going to be a major blow to employers,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business group. "We already have the highest unemployment insurance costs in the nation, we and the state of Washington.''
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Reform run off the road

Nov 23 2009

By Charles Chieppo, The Boston Herald

It's hard to figure out how Loux qualifies. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said the board appointments potentially represent a serious setback for transportation reform.
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Flynn says state too broke to build rail extension

Nov 23 2009

By Vicki-Ann Downing, The Brockton Enterprise

In addition, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the T's financial condition is "hemorrhaging" and that the T will be "under pressure for years," said Flynn.
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Massachusetts revisits immigrant tuition bill

Nov 22 2009

By Russell Contreras, North Carolina Times / AP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that 400 to 600 students might enter Massachusetts schools as a result of the bill and that it likely would result in $2.5 million of extra revenue.
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Mass. Unemployment Fund Running Out Of Money

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Nov 20 2009

By Monica Brady-Myerov, WBUR

But the reason the trust fund is out of money, said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, is that the recession has overburdened it. At a "7 to 8 percent unemployment rate, we are paying out more in benefits than we are taking in in taxes," Widmer said. "The problem is getting worse, not better."
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Charles Baker cooks up plan to cut pension abuse

Nov 20 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"This is just the kind of pension reform that is long overdue," Michael Widmer, executive director of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said of Baker's plan. "The proposals would go a long way toward giving the pension system long-term fiscal health."
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Along the road, signs of the times

Nov 19 2009

By Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe

But Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group, said the money for the signs could be used more efficiently. "It's a small amount of money, but symbolically, it's sure to rub citizens the wrong way. ... It would be better if every dollar were spent on the projects themselves," he said.
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Mass. may get additional $250m from US for education efforts

Nov 13 2009

By James Vaznis, The Boston Globe

The money could be a boon for Massachusetts, where sluggish state revenues are expected to cause more drastic budget cuts, said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "If we don't get additional funding, local schools and higher education will be hit dramatically in the next fiscal year,'' Widmer said.
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Schools forecast ‘difficult’ fiscal year

Nov 12 2009

By Kevin T. Baldwin, The Beacon Village

School Committee Chairman Brian Burke of Stow, said he spoke to Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and as a result of the discussion, he expects the district to be "faced with some tough choices" during fiscal 2011.
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South Coast expansion on track despite withering MBTA review

Nov 9 2009

By Erik Potter, The Brockton Enterprise

"There's no basis in reality for that comment," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said. "The T's finances are going to be under pressure for decades." Widmer said cost estimates for operating the South Coast Rail extension range from $15 million to $20 million a year.
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