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Senate budget boosts funding for DCF

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May 14 2014

By Matt Murphy, State House New Service / Lowell Sun

"It's very close to the House. When you step back and look at these two budgets they're remarkably similar, one of the most similar budgets coming out of the House and Senate in all my time and the bottom line is very close," Widmer said, calling the approach a "reasonable" balance between spending increases and reducing the state's reliance on one-time money and reserves for budget balance.
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State Budget Would Allow Busing Reimbursement

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May 14 2014

By Sarah Birnbaum, WGBH

But classrooms in community colleges and some state universities would lose out, at least compared to UMASS, which would see a $500 million increase. Michael Widmer is with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: “That’s a concern I think in terms if that can be rectified in the debate on the senate floor and in the conference committee with the house. I think that would be a positive step.”
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A New Study Says Romneycare Has Saved Thousands Of Lives

May 7 2014

By Brett LoGiurato, AP / Yahoo Finance

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the state spends about $91 million more each year on health costs compared to the years before the law was enactment
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Mass. pension plan ranks worst in US, study finds

May 1 2014

By Beth Healy, The Boston Globe

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who reviewed the report, said it makes sense to require a waiting period before people qualify for a pension. “The Urban Institute gives us a demerit for our 10-year investing requirement. We disagree with that,’’ Ryan said.
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Has IT come of age politically?

Apr 26 2014

By Noah Guiney, The Boston Globe

Certainly those concerned about the state’s business climate were glad to see the tech execs speak up about the tax. “It was the most damaging proposal I’ve seen in my career — and I don’t say that lightly,” says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the group that first flagged the tax in the budget.
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Lancaster selectman: OPEB costs add up to $3.6 million

Apr 24 2014

By Michael Hartwell, Sentinel & Enterprise News

He endorsed a February report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finding that municipalities in the commonwealth have an aggregate $30 billion in unfunded OPEB liabilities.
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Property taxes on the rise across Massachusetts

Apr 19 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, The Herald News

“I don’t think the bills are increasing at a pace that’s unusual compared to historic increases, but the expectation is communities are going to have fewer resources available and are trying to do more with less,” Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation policy analyst Carolyn Ryan said.
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Central Mass. lawmakers push for local projects in state budget

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Apr 17 2014

By John J. Monahan, Telegram & Gazette

Andrew Bagley, director of research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said many amendments for increased spending are likely to be adopted, although the House Ways and Means proposed budget would spend almost all of the 5 percent increase in state revenues expected during fiscal 2015. "The House Ways and Means budget has a little bit of wiggle room. I think they anticipate adding maybe $50 million to $75 million in spending from floor amendments, so I think the budget has some room for some of the amendments," said Mr. Bagley, whose organization tracks state spending.
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House leaders propose $36.2 billion state budget

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Apr 16 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, The Chronicle

"It's a balanced, responsible budget," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer. "It's a tight budget reflecting a small recovery."
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Dukakis ‘feeling pretty good’ about North South Rail Link

Apr 14 2014

By Michael Norton, State House New Service / Norwood Transcript

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said the business-backed group has not taken a position on the rail link project, but called it "far too expensive to ever imagine it would be built." "It will be at least 4 or 5 or 6 billion dollars," Widmer said. "We simply don’t have those funds. In theory, would it be desirable? Yes. The reality is, where are we going to get that money? There’s a general sentiment that it’s just too expensive to consider."
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