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House releases $38b budget, holds line on taxes, fees

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Apr 15 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Overall, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Wednesday’s budget is fiscally responsible and holds the line on spending. She praised its efforts at MBTA reform — which include the Pacheco law suspension, audits of the T’s finances and maintenance, and efforts aimed at streamlining procurement. But, she added, the budget does some things “that cause us concern,” such as using the money intended for the rainy day fund.
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Neglecting the MBTA by committee

Apr 14 2015

By Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe

Local business-funded watchdogs, such as Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Pioneer Institute, have long memories of serial refinancings, pension underfunding, and other fiscal gimmicks at the T.
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How do we dig out of the T’s mess?

Apr 9 2015

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker provided a road map Wednesday, formally unveiling his high-profile commission’s findings and recommendations. The 50-page report has something for everyone: Transit advocates can exhale that new projects won’t be halted, and the fiscal watchdogs, from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to the Pioneer Institute, get to say “I told you so.”
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Report: Since 2009, MBTA spent just 53 percent of allocated capital budget on long-term expenses

Apr 7 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Already, the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has argued that the T must halt all expansion while it makes a full fiscal accounting of its problems.
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MBTA report will identify unsustainable operating costs and inadequate revenue from fares

Apr 6 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

This is not the first time a study has identified the imbalance between revenue and expenses. A report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation similarly found that the public transit system's costs far outweighed the money it was taking in.
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Rep sees broad base of film tax credit support in House

Apr 1 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Nashoba Publishing

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny testified in support of Baker's bill, calling the film credit "highly inefficient" while she said the money spent on the earned income tax credit would largely flow back into the state's economy. McAnneny cautioned that any expansion in the EITC should paired with offsetting revenue or budget savings, and should be administered carefully to avoid fraud or filing errors.
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Business leaders urge MBTA to invest in expansion

Apr 1 2015

By Nicole Dungca, The Boston Globe

The push comes after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation suggested in a report that the T halt funding for expansion projects for the rest of this year. That report was critical of the T’s finances and ability to properly maintain its vehicles.
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State employee retirement incentive could cause exodus in revenue, welfare, transportation, mental health agencies

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Mar 27 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

To some extent, the loss of people could cause efficiencies. "This could spur innovation within departments in terms of figuring out better ways to leverage technology," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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MBTA “at the end of its line,” says taxpayer group

Mar 13 2015

By Marianne Hayes, The Metro

“The financial burden on the Commonwealth is too high and the importance of the T to the state’s economy is too great to allow this decades-long problem to worsen,” added McAnneny in an MTF statement. While the group is calling for the state to immediately halt expansion projects for the rest of 2015, it did specify that the Green Line Extension would be exempt since it has already been funded. The MTF is also urging policymakers to proceed with caution before pulling the trigger on any recently made proposals, as they don’t address any plans for fixing the MBTA’s infrastructure problem.
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Weekly Roundup — Not Everyone’s Laughing

Mar 13 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / WWLP

And speaking of serious problems, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation put out a report this week based on the assumption that everyone is now in agreement after this winter that the T is “at the end of its line.” The report, in a series of recommendations, suggested that Baker be given “short-term” control over the MBTA board and the authority to choose the T’s next general manager, calling the current leadership on the board too often “resistant to external examination and proposals for the change.” Baker, apparently hesitant to embrace the idea of a power grab, did call the report “compelling.”
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