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Local aid plan hailed

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Mar 5 2015

By Jennifer Bates , The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation previously warned of a $1.5 billion budget gap between expected revenues and expenses in the upcoming fiscal year. However, Eileen McAnneny, president of the group, said the increase in assistance to cities and towns was reasonable. "I think the cities and towns would love for that (amount) to be higher, but the modest increase is OK just given the size of the budget and given some of the other choices that had to be made," McAnneny said.
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Gov. Baker to unveil first state budget plan

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Mar 4 2015

By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said the state could face a $1.5 billion budget gap.
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Baker budget aims to rein in state spending

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Mar 4 2015

By Joshua Miller and Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the budget is a “great first step” in slowing the growth in state spending. “They did it in a way that was responsible, all things considered,” she said.
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Massachusetts budget proposal 'right-sizes' government while investing in priorities like transportation

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Mar 4 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, called the budget "responsible" and a "great first step in slowing the growth in spending." She praised the governor for looking to save money in health care costs, which has long been a major cost driver in state spending. She said low inflation will ensure that level funding of programs will not cause as much pain as it would if costs were increasing more quickly.
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Baker: MBTA needs $65M hike in subsidies

Mar 4 2015

AP / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said the state could face a $1.5 billion budget gap.
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Local aid would increase 2.4% under Baker budget

Mar 4 2015

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated a $1.5 billion gap between expected revenues and expenses next year. Baker is tackling that budget gap without recommending any tax hikes, and does not plan to draw money from the state's stabilization fund, which lawmakers have regularly used to support spending plans.
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Editorial: End Mass. film tax credit

Mar 3 2015

The Boston Globe

Report after report has shown that the number of jobs created is small, and that much of the money flows to out-of-state movie stars. The program has attracted criticism from across the political spectrum, from left-leaning groups, like the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, to the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $100 million tax amnesty program

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Mar 3 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said tax amnesty programs tend to be used occasionally by state government. "Often, it's in situations like this where government's facing a large deficit and there's not necessarily an obvious way of closing that deficit, so people work for more creative solutions," Ryan said.
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Editorial: Baker’s buyout proposal offers roadmap for humane cuts

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Mar 2 2015

The Boston Globe

BALANCING THE state’s budget deficit — which the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates could be $1.5 billion — was always going to require both reducing government services and cutting the size of state agencies. Governor Baker’s challenge is to find ways to make the necessary cuts while minimizing the inevitable pain.
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State may offer thousands early retirement; layoffs possible

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Mar 2 2015

AP / Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said that a gap of about $1.5 billion likely exists between anticipated revenues and the spending that would be required to maintain current program levels in the budget.
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