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Lights, camera, but no action

Mar 26 2010

By Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has testified against the tax credit, but D'Amico said "sometimes facts and logic are trumped by emotional appeals."
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Mayor looks for options on health care costs

Mar 26 2010

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Mayor Lisa A. Wong read a report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation at her news conference yesterday on state and local finances.
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Panagiotakos won't seek re-election

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Mar 26 2010

By Matt Murphy, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called Panagiotakos "a realist who showed a steady hand in a thankless position."
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Lt. governor: State's healing from recession

Mar 26 2010

By Peter Goonan, The Republican

Murray said there have been some "false statements and figures" circulating about the existing Massachusetts health care program. He said the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has concluded that the program puts minimal strain on the state budget.
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State may get $7.7B from health bill

Mar 25 2010

By Michael Morton, The MetroWest Daily News

But at least for Medicaid money, Massachusetts appears to have fared well, said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "My impression is Massachusetts has done well by the national legislation and the fear we would be penalized for our leading role has apparently not materialized," he said.
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Senate’s Ways and Means chief won’t seek re-election

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Mar 25 2010

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"There's going to be a record number of new legislators. It's going to be wild," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer - who worked with Panagiotakos on several difficult budgets during the fiscal crisis.
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Patrick: 'We've never heard a peep' from Cahill on health reform

Mar 25 2010

By Jim O'Sullivan, Dedham Transcript / State House New Service

The Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed policy group, concluded last year that annual cost increases to taxpayers averaged $88 million. Foundation president Michael Widmer agreed Wednesday with Patrick's reference of the 1 percent figure.
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Rivalry heats up for Cahill and Baker

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Mar 25 2010

By Brain C. Mooney, The Boston Globe

Earlier this week, however, Michael Widmer, president of the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Cahill has exaggerated the issue by confusing Medicaid costs with those actually attributable to the 2006 law. The watchdog group last fall issued a report stating the increased annual costs of the program were in line with projections at the time it was passed.
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Cahill’s warnings absent in bond issue

Mar 24 2010

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

At least one independent analysis, by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, has concluded that the health care law had put minimal additional strain on the state budget.
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Patrick, rivals shift debate

Mar 23 2010

By Brian C. Mooney and Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

In an op-ed piece for the Globe, Michael Widmer, the foundation's president, wrote that the program had been "remarkably successful.'' Widmer laughed when responding to Cahill's slight: "It's a total misreading of the state's health reform law. He's confusing health reform with Medicaid, which has been a problem since the 1980s.'
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