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Baker relents, for now, on unilateral budget cuts

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Oct 27 2016

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

"I think it's a little unusual. If there's been a downgrade to tax revenue there's usually accompanying 9c cuts, but I think some of it is the administration has been managing and reducing spending without 9cs, doing it informally in a sense," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny.
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HINGHAM COMMENTARY: Public charter schools worthy of our support

Oct 26 2016

By Edna English, Wicked Local Hingham

But Charters do not drain public funding from traditional schools. Public charter schools represent just under 4 percent of the statewide student population, and 4 percent of state education funding follows them. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has assessed Question #2 as fiscally benign.
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Editorial: Yes on Question 2

Oct 24 2016

The Boston Herald

Of the nearly $12.7 billion spent on public education in Massachusetts just under 4 percent goes to charters, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported recently. That lines up with statewide enrollment in charter schools, which is just under 4 percent.
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What would a Trump administration mean for Mass.?

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Oct 17 2016

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Massachusetts’ reliance on federal government has grown over the past decade. In addition to providing money for health care and other key areas, she said, the federal government helps the state pay for its long-term investments, most notably in transportation. “These monies,” McAnneny emphasized, “are important to the state’s financial health.”
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Charter schools are not ‘draining’ district budgets

Oct 10 2016

By Charles Chieppo, CommonWealth Magazine

AS THIS NOVEMBER’S ballot initiative on raising the cap on the number of charter public schools in Massachusetts draws closer, opponents find ever-more financial woes to blame on the schools. But a September Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study is just the latest to conclude that those accusations don’t pass muster. The MTF study finds that “Examination of school funding trends in districts affected by charter school enrollments does not suggest… that students in district schools are suffering a loss of support…”
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$187 million supplemental budget heads to the Governor

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Oct 4 2016

By Tiffany Chan and David McKay, 22WWLP

State budget writers are also dealing with an estimated $111 million spending gap. Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told 22News that the proposal also includes $91 million to help close that budget deficit. “We’ve seen revenues coming in below projections,” she said, “and what they’ve done to close out fiscal year ’16 does have impacts on the currently fiscal year.”
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Mass. shortfalls may force new taxes, budget cuts

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Oct 2 2016

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group, has recommended that revenue estimates be adjusted downward even if September collections are close to being on target.
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Editorial: Arithmetic on charters

Oct 2 2016

The Boston Herald

Now the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is out with a report that it politely says “clarifies misconceptions” about charter school funding. Of the nearly $12.7 billion spent on public education in Massachusetts, the report notes, 3.9 percent is directed to charter schools mirroring the 3.9 percent of public school students who are enrolled in charters.
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Editorial: Charters aren’t draining district school funding

Sep 30 2016

The Boston Globe

But a detailed new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that the anti-charter argument just doesn’t pass muster. Summarizing its deep dive into public school funding, the foundation, widely regarded as an even-handed fiscal analyst, writes: “Examination of school funding trends in districts affected by charter school enrollments does not suggest that charter schools are over-funded, that students in district schools are suffering a loss of support, or that the per-student funding of districts is trending negatively. Rather, per-student funding has increased quite steadily across the state, and the district-charter balance has been stable.”

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Report: Charters Don't Hurt Massachusetts District Schools Financially

Sep 29 2016

NECN

The study released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation appears to back up claims from supporters of a November ballot question that would allow a major expansion of charter schools. Proponents say passage of Question 2 would not financially harm conventional public schools as opponents have argued.
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