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Mass. faces $311 million shortfall

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Jun 3 2016

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, emphasized there isn’t an easy fix. “Obviously, the fact that we have days left to the fiscal year and they are $311 million short means that addressing it is a Herculean task,” she said. “They have very few options at this point. Most of the state’s money has been spent.”
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State budget goes to conference committee

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Jun 2 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / Telegram

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Senate over three days last week added $61.4 million to its budget through amendments, including nearly $32 million for local spending earmarks, and tacked on 181 new policy sections to the spending bill.
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Taxpayers foundation head has her eye on bottom line

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May 30 2016

By Alana Melanson, The Lowell Sun

ince Eileen McAnneny took over as president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in February 2015, her motto has been "First, do no harm." Since taking the reins of the foundation from longtime leader Michael Widmer -- who retired last year after 25 years at the helm -- McAnneny said she has been engaging with and better understanding the perspectives of MTF's larger members, and undertaking efforts to strengthen the foundation as it moves forward.
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Despite deficit, senators like spending

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May 25 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF), senators have filed 792 amendments to budget line items that add $1.032 billion in spending. Another 375 amendments to outside sections in the Senate budget (S4) would add $3.1 billion in spending, if adopted.
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More police details mean more money, less rest for Quincy cops

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May 24 2016

By Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said private details, many of which consist of a police officer directing traffic at a private construction site, can take officers’ energy away from their taxpayer-funded shifts. “In the increasingly complex world in which we live, to make sure they’re alert and able to perform their primary duties should be the priority of municipal leaders,” McAnneny said.
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Keller @ Large: Eileen McAnneny Talks ‘Millionaire Tax’

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May 20 2016

By Jon Keller, WBZ TV

McAnneny sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to talk about taxpayers’ money and how it’s being spent and taxed on Beacon Hill. She further explained her stance against the proposed “millionaire’s tax,” which cleared its first hurdle in the legislature last week. “We’re essentially placing a big bet on a small group of taxpayers, about one half of one percent of taxpayers, and we’re doubling down on our reliance on capital gains, and that’s a problem,” said McAnneny. “Capital gains is very volatile. It follows the economy, so there are big swings.”
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State budget bill draws mixed reaction

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May 18 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / WBJournal

In a Senate budget preview, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the possible underfunding of emergency assistance and public defenders in the House budget ranges from $60 million to $80 million.
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Mass. Senate ready to make case for higher education funding increases

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May 17 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / Taunton Gazette

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House budget increased total spending by 3.55 percent and Baker's budget raised spending by 3.58 percent.
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Millionaires’ tax debate focuses on where revenue would go

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May 13 2016

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“The amendment is not clear cut,” said Eileen McAnneny, a lawyer and president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposes the tax push. She said it could well be the case due to the “vague” amendment language that the extra money from the new tax on millionaires “can be used by the Legislature as they deem appropriate. It could be used for transportation and education, but also for many other things not contemplated by voters, too.”
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State Budget Earmarks: Fiscal Safety Valve, Or Political Sleight Of Hand?

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Apr 28 2016

By Isaiah Thompson, WGBH

“The economy is doing better, so people probably feel that the state has more money, and they want to provide some proposals on how best to spend that,” observed Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscally conservative nonprofit watchdog group.
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