- May 27 2014Michael J. Widmer, the long-time president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation who has played a central role in some of the most important policy debates and decisions of the past 25 years, announced today his intention to retire when the transition to a successor is complete.
- March 2 2014Rationale for Voting Against the Recommendation to Amend the Massachusetts Constitution to Implement a Graduated Income TaxRepresenting the Foundation on the Tax Fairness Commission, President Michael J. Widmer voted against the proposal to implement a graduated income tax in Massachusetts.
- January 7 2014The Foundation released its 43rd annual report on municipal finances concluding that despite a modest rebound in revenues, municipalities find themselves in a long-term budget squeeze because the costs for pensions, employee and retiree health care, and debt service are rising faster than revenues.
- December 11 2013
Tax revenues will grow by $1.1 billion, or 4.7 percent, to $24.37 billion in fiscal 2015, continuing the trend of modest growth yet still below that of previous economic recoveries, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“Despite an improving economic picture, the 2015 budget will challenge lawmakers once again,” Widmer said.
- October 31 2013Testimony of Michael J. Widmer President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Before the Joint Committee on Public ServiceThe Foundation testified on the enormous $46 billion in unfunded retiree health care liabilities facing Massachusetts state and municipal governments.
- September 26 2013The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Legislature for its vote to repeal the sales tax on computer and software services. This was a difficult but important vote, and the Foundation commends legislators for their quick action to repeal the tax and to make the repeal retroactive.
- September 9 2013
The Foundation’s comprehensive 50-state analysis shows that the recently enacted software services tax is the most burdensome in the nation. The Excel file allows users to compare Massachusetts to 49 other states on the tax treatment of 11 different categories of computer and software services.