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Activists: John Kerry boat flap boon to tax ballot question

Jul 26 2010

By Edward Mason, The Boston Herald

The sales tax was hiked from 5 percent to 6.25 percent last year to raise about $900 million to help balance the state budget. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said dropping the sales tax to 3 percent would devastate police, fire and school funding.
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Amid economic bust, a boom at UMass

Jul 25 2010

By Robert Gavin, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, says UMass's role as a catalyst is often overlooked, but its research and graduates, most of whom stay in the state, create "a very powerful combination'' for the state's economy. "One of the keys,'' he added, "is they've recognized that they have to master their own future, and steer their own course.''
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West Bridgewater has spent more than $600,000 in legal costs over the past six fiscal years

Jul 20 2010

By Maria Papadopoulos, The Patriot Ledger

"It's just a necessary evil. I mean, every community pays legal fees. It's inevitable," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Editorial: Breaking the cycle

Jul 19 2010

The Boston Herald

"We just got whacked," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, one of several watchdog groups that have been lobbying for this kind of change. "When you look at long-term state finances this is a major reform."
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As Massachusetts health 'reform' goes, so could go Obamacare

Jul 19 2010

By Robert Samuelson, The Washington Post

In 1990, health spending represented about 16 percent of the state budget, says the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. By 2000, health's share was 22 percent. In 2010, it's 35 percent. About 90 percent of the health spending is Medicaid.
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Pay more, get less

Jul 18 2010

By Steve Decosta, South Coast Today

"There's been a long-term, clear decline in the municipal services," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "There's no sign that will change and every indication that it will accelerate."
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‘Baker’s Dozen’ touted to save state $1 billion

Jul 18 2010

By Steve LeBlanc, AP / The Worcester Telegram

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he agrees with some of the changes but at best, they might eventually save about $500 million a year.
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Editorial: Policy vs. the spin

Jul 15 2010

The Boston Herald

Many of the e-mails were in response to a column by Mike Widmer, head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who pointed out what a dreadful idea the rate cap was
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Some New Jersey lawmakers uneasy that towns can override tax cap

Jul 15 2010

By The Philadelphia Enquirer, Adrienne Lu

"We have a distribution formula for state aid in which the poorer, largely urban areas get much more state aid than the wealthier communities, and so in good economic times, that problem of inequity is addressed," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public-policy research organization. "But in bad times like these, the cities, the poorer urban areas, tend to suffer more because they depend more heavily on state aid, and they in many cases never have done an override.
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E-mails: Patrick team worried about price cap idea

Jul 14 2010

By Glen Johnson, AP / The Boston Globe

On March 17, Patrick's press secretary, Juan Martinez, also asked top administration aides for a rebuttal to a Globe op-ed piece written by Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer wrote that while some small businesses had been hit with premium increases of up to 50 percent, official state data showed their average hikes were only slightly larger than increases levied on mid- and large-size companies.
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