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Braude Beat: Tax collections fall

May 5 2009

By Jim Braude, NECN

This is certainly not good news for those who opposed tax increases. Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says, "I think the devastating drop in revenues virtually assures we're going to have a multi-year crisis, and that's the huge dilemma you face."
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State budget to be 'doom and gloom' for years to come

May 5 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said state tax collections would not return to 2008 levels until at least 2014. "This is going to be the worst fiscal crisis in the state's history," Widmer said.
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State transportation reforms need push

May 4 2009

By Joseph Giglio and Charles Cieppo, The Republican

The state Senate's final bill includes only mushy language about conducting an actuarial study to determine whether moving T employees to the state plan would save money. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that MBTA health insurance costs are one-third higher than those of workers enrolled in the state health plan.
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Lawmakers drop effort to add fee to insurance

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May 2 2009

By Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe

"I would be surprised to see many, if any, of these proposals, approved," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a Boston nonprofit that analyzes the state's fiscal policies.
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$1B less to force more budget cuts

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May 1 2009

By Edward Mason and Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called Patrick's initiative "unusual," and said he's never seen a governor refile a budget. But his group estimates revenue is off by $1 billion, and lawmakers have to recalibrate expectations.
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State revenues continue free fall

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May 1 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"We're in a free-fall here," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The collapse of revenue is so huge that all of the options seem impossible - cuts of that magnitude or additional revenue of that magnitude."
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Slipping revenues undermining House budget

Apr 30 2009

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"This budget's going to be at least a billion dollars out of balance," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said of the plan the House is debating.
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Mass. lawmakers try to hammer out budget

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Apr 30 2009

By Alison King, NECN

Michael Widmer/Mass. Taxpayers Foundation: The collapse of revenues is so huge, that all of the options seem impossible. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer says those options include draconian cuts to local aid, health care, human services and higher education.
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Quinn cut would take toll

Apr 30 2009

By Connie Paige, The Boston Globe

"I think there is a serious question whether this kind of expenditure is justified," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "Is education a good thing? Yes. There's some merit to the argument that it's better to have a police officer that's better educated. The problem is the premium paid for education - the cost of it and the entitlement nature of it."
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Gas levy is dead, but sales tax hike is a certainty

Apr 30 2009

By Jack Spillane, South Coast Today

But, overall, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the House-passed sales tax will cost the average state consumer $122 per year.
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