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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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Proposed increase in sales tax could mean $200 milion more in local aid

Apr 28 2009

By Nancy Reardon, The Enterprise

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has not taken a position on the proposed sales-tax hike, but it released a report saying that a 1 percentage point increase would cost the average taxpayer an extra $122 a year.
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House, but not Driscoll, backs sales tax hike

Apr 28 2009

By Robert Aicardi, Braintree Forum

According to the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a one percent increase in the state sales tax would cost the average taxpayer an extra $122 a year.
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Sales tax hike to bring additional aid to Western Massachusetts communities

Apr 28 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Supporters pointed to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Of the 45 states with a broad-based sales tax, Massachusetts ranks last in revenues collected from the sales tax per $1,000 of income, the foundation said. Even with the planned increase, Massachusetts would rank about No. 42 out of the 45 states, the foundation said.
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