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Politicians may cut local aid by $200M

Mar 13 2010

By Hillary Chabot and Marie Szaniszlo , The Boston Herald

Making matters worse, municipal officials could see more cuts in 2012, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "We're running out of the rainy-day budget," Widmer said. "Even with more revenues, there will be another round of cuts to local aid next year."
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D'Amico welcomes film subsidy vote

Mar 13 2010

By Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

Even some conservatives, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, are opposed to the credit. "All the evidence shows that it is a very costly tax credit with minimal economic impact, and the failure to limit it will require deeper cuts in other state programs, including aid to cities and towns," he told the committee.
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If tax rollback passes, Mass. will be 'The Hurt Locker'

Mar 12 2010

By Peter Lucas, The Lowell Sun

We already face a huge $2.5 billion hole in the budget and that would double if the sales-tax rollback passes," Widmer said. He said the tax cuts would take at least $2.5 billion a year from the state's tax base and would lead to "massive cuts" in local aid.
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Bid to ax tax break for films rejected

Mar 12 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

"All the evidence shows that this is a very costly tax credit with minimal economic impact, and the failure to limit it will require deeper cuts in other state programs, including aid to cities and towns,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded watchdog group. "The consequences for local schools and human services, which are already bearing the brunt of cuts, are very serious.''
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Effort launched for college aid

Mar 9 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he supports funding for public higher education, but the massive fiscal crisis in state government will not end any time soon. The budget problems will be especially bleak for the fiscal year that starts in July of next year when stimulus money could be gone.
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A candidate in search of the common touch

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Mar 7 2010

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Romney left a balanced budget with no surplus, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Williamstown budget allows wage boost

Mar 5 2010

By Meghan Foley, North Adams Transcript

Patrick's desire to level-fund local aid may be the best case scenario with some state legislators and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation predicting that local aid will be cut by 5, 10, or as much as 15 percent for fiscal year 2011, he said.
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House Speaker DeLeo Banks On Casinos, Slots

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Mar 5 2010

By Curt Nickisch, WBUR

But Mike Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says DeLeo is using today's economy for political expediency. After all, Widmer says, the economic benefit of gaming won't be realized for years.
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Report calls for steep cuts in budget

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Mar 5 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Sentinel and Enterprise

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer recommended leaving the "rainy day" fund untouched next year. He also suggested that $160 million in anticipated federal Medicaid reimbursements and $300 million to be saved by restructuring some debt under Patrick's proposal be put back into reserves instead of spending it immediately.
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‘Crisis mode’ for municipal health plans'

Mar 5 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

"That would be the biggest thing the state can do to help municipalities deal with their enormous fiscal problems,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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