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More Massachusetts public employees getting paid parental leave

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Jun 16 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The expansions irk some fiscal conservatives. Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she does not want to see the state mandate paid parental leave. She has mixed feelings about public employers providing it on their own. "On the one hand, it is a taxpayer expense at a time when there's considerable pressures on the budget already," McAnneny said, adding that some taxpayers are being asked to fund benefits for public workers that many of them do not have themselves. "On the other hand, the government often leads by example, and to the extent they're trying to pave the way, that may be an appropriate role as state employers," McAnneny said.
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Baker: Too many Deval Patrick projects, too little dough

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Jun 12 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

What we’re now beginning to see is the constraints on the state’s capital spending,” said Andy Bagley, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We have enormous infrastructure needs, and this is a clear signal that we don’t currently have the resources
needed,” he said. “We’re 
going to have to start making very difficult decisions.”
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Lawmakers grapple over tax fairness

Jun 10 2015

By Christian Wade, CNHI Statehouse Bureau

“There’s no question that the purpose of this measure is to increase progressivity in the state’s income tax code,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which supports the current flat tax. “The unanswered question is whether this is a move towards a graduated tax or something in place of it.”
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The Struggle to Tax the Cloud

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Jun 1 2015

By Liz Farmer, Governing

But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it. Opposition from the state’s business forces rained down pressure on lawmakers. The new law, they claimed, was putting them out of business. “It got very bruising,” says Andrew Bagley, research and public affairs director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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State House chambers turn to SJC to settle feud

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May 23 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“I do know many moons ago I was a staffer at the State House, and the Legislature does ask for guidance from the courts from time to time,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the 
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “You have two equal branches from the Legislature that have a difference of opinion on a pretty important issue and probably a precedent-setting issue.”
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DeLeo comes out for MBTA control board as senators mull amendment

May 21 2015

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

Leaders from groups like the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were joined by a handful of mayors from Revere, Gardner, Attleboro, Framingham, Braintree and Melrose.

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Business groups lobby in favor of Baker’s MBTA plan

May 20 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

A collection of business groups and elected officials billing themselves as the Coalition for World Class Public Transit System will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to launch an online petition backing Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the MBTA. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will be among the groups in attendance, according to organizers.
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More MBTA reform needed

May 19 2015

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

It’s disappointing to hear a policy maker as smart as Rosenberg take refuge in well-worn pro-Pacheco talking points, even while conceding that he’s not familiar enough with the matter to discuss the millions saved when the T managed to sidestep Pacheco and outsource a bus-fleet overhaul. Or to see the Senate give so little weight to the recommendations of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, and the governor’s bipartisan task force on the T.
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Critics fault key findings in Baker panel MBTA report

May 19 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said her group’s own months-long review of the public transit agency reached similar conclusions about mounting deficits and a failure to properly manage upgrades to trains, tracks, and other infrastructure. “We can’t have near-reforms,” she said. “We really need what’s effectively a rescue plan.”
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Early-ed spending up in Senate’s proposed $38 billion state budget

May 12 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate’s approach is “woefully inadequate.” “There are serious financial challenges plaguing the T,” she said. “And it looks like [the Senate is] putting the burden on the administration to change everything without giving them the tools they had requested.”
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