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Report: Health Care Reform Costs On Target with Estimates

Jul 31 2009

Public News Service

Foundation president Michael Widmer says the costs of reform have been very much in line with initial projections. "Despite the widespread notion in Washington that Massachusetts' health reform is falling apart because it's unaffordable, our study shows there is no basis in fact for that conclusion."
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Editorial: Beacon Hill’s fuzzy math

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Jul 30 2009

The Boston Herald

Meanwhile the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said the state's final tax take for fiscal 2010 could be several hundred million dollars less than what experts had predicted - meaning lawmakers could be forced to make emergency cuts to the budget, and soon.
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Pols replenish reserve accounts to tune of $1.6M

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Jul 30 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation Executive Director Michael Widmer chided lawmakers for not tightening their belts more. "From the point of view of sharing the pain, it would have been best if they hadn't restored so much," Widmer said.
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Firefighter on paid leave shows little sign of injury

Jul 30 2009

By Matt Carroll, The Boston Globe

"The obvious question is, why can't he fulfill his public function if he can run a private business?'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the nonprofit Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "He's surely capable of doing light duty for the Fire Department. This may be a unique case, but it is another example of the double standard in which public employees are not held accountable.''
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Lawmakers set to restore funds

Jul 29 2009

By Matt Viser and Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe

"It's likely several hundred million dollars too high,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Pawlenty wades into national issue, takes swipe at potential rival

Jul 28 2009

By Alexander Mooney, CNN

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom disputed Pawlenty's contention. "The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently reported that the cost to taxpayers of achieving near-universal coverage has been relatively modest and well within initial projections of how much the state would have to spend," he said in an e-mail.
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Foes: Deval Patrick flubbed on flaggers

Jul 28 2009

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

"That was a lost opportunity," said Michael Widmer, executive director of the business-based foundation. "The Legislature left that open for (the Patrick administration) to pursue that line, but they've taken the rate that's on the books."
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New road signs in Western Mass. stimulate signmakers' pocketbooks

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Jul 24 2009

By Dan Ring, The Republic

"It is a small expense, but it's just not necessary," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Boston-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It just creates ill will for a good cause," he added.
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From Mass.: Health care reform 'dos and don'ts'

Jul 24 2009

By Steve LeBlanc, AP

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said health care costs are not out of control. In a recent report, the group said the cost of the law has been "relatively modest and well within early projections."
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Mass. has lessons for health care debate

Jul 23 2009

By Richard Wolf, USA Today

Expanding access to insurance has made that problem tougher by adding more than $700 million in annual costs, split evenly with the federal government, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The annual cost to care for those who were uninsured in 2006 has risen from $1 billion to $1.7 billion.
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