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Charlie Baker unlikely to OK hike for lawmakers

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Dec 1 2014

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

“The Legislature will have to decide, and when Baker takes office he will have to decide whether this is the right time,” said Michael Widmer, the outgoing head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He also sits on the commission, which is chaired by Ira A. Jackson, a University of Massachusetts Boston dean.
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Potential pay raises for state lawmakers

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Dec 1 2014

By Tiffany Chan, WWLP

“Obviously in an atmosphere of tight budgets, 9C cuts, it makes it more difficult,” said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer.
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Budget Battle Looms

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Nov 30 2014

By Jon Keller, WCVB

Michael Widmer is retiring after 22 years as president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The new governor and his administration will have to determine just how bad it is or isn’t,” Widmer said.
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Charlie Baker: It’s ‘not the time’ for House pay increases

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Nov 27 2014

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

But with Baker just weeks from assuming the Corner Office, it’s likely he could be stuck with making more cuts to close the gap, which one taxpayer watchdog group, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, has said could be as much as $600 million.
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Charlie Baker’s new budget chief inherits a ‘hornet’s nest’

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Nov 25 2014

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“It’s a real hornet’s nest,” Michael J. Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said of the 300,000 people the state put on its temporary rolls as it sorted out its dysfunctional Health Connector website. “It could be as much as several hundred million dollars. That’s why ... this is going to be priority No. 1. It has to be. The exposure can be so large, and it’s so uncertain. She’s going to have to disentangle that.”
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Panel mulls pay hikes for governor, other top pols

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Nov 24 2014

By Bob Salsberg, AP / South Coast Today

"It becomes a scapegoat for the public's resentment of government and taxes," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and one of seven members of the commission.
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OUR OPINION: What were they thinking?

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Nov 22 2014

Wicked Local

Worse, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the budget gap could rise still more – $500 to 600 million more – by July. Local aid to cities and town would take a devastating $25.5 hit which would likely require cuts to police and fire, snow removal, and administrative resources.

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Patrick, facing shortfall, proposes $329m in cuts

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Nov 20 2014

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is also predicting the deficit for the current fiscal year could run into the $500 to $600 million range. Shor said the Patrick administration had not consulted with Gov.-elect Charlie Baker on the cuts and had no immediate fallback position in case the Legislature balked at some of the proposals.
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Deval Patrick proposes cuts to local aid as part of $329 million in Massachusetts budget reductions

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Nov 20 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a think tank that deals with fiscal issues, estimates that the budget gap is even larger – $500 million to $600 million. Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the foundation, said that estimate is based on factors like the rate of corporate tax settlements and costs for health and retirement benefits for employees and retirees.
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Governor orders cuts to close budget shortfall

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Nov 20 2014

By Bob Salsberg, AP / South Coast Today

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent budget watchdog, said he was surprised by the proposed local aid reduction. "I think the (local aid) cuts are something that are going to impact the cities and towns, and they are obviously not going to be happy halfway through the fiscal year trying to figure out how to manage that," Bagley said.
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