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House uses FY19 surplus to shore up reserves and pad ed spending

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Oct 17 2019

By Colin A. Young and Chris Lisinski, State House News Service / MassLive

Wednesday's session did not unfold without tension. Rep. Maria Robinson filed an amendment that would have stripped a section of the bill that decouples Massachusetts from the federal tax code, citing a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis that the change could cause the state to forego up to $37 million in fiscal year 2020 revenue by allowing corporations to continue deducting interest.
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Businesses increasingly worry about an economic contraction in 2020

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Oct 8 2019

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says it’s not really surprising that employers are worrying more about the end to a decade-plus of economic expansion. But there are mixed signals, still: She points to the latest jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that show the country’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in 50 years.
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Industry sets stage for film tax credit fight

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Sep 24 2019

By Andy Metzger, Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is among the groups that hopes the film tax credit is in its final seasons, believing the funding could be better spent on “other priorities.” “We are opposed to the film tax credit. We’ve had long-standing opposition,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed group. “Most of the money goes to firms outside of Massachusetts.”
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Would You Pay To Beat Traffic? Mass. Considers Tolled Express Lanes To Curb Congestion

Sep 5 2019

By Zeninjor Enwemeka, WBUR

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says express lanes are worth exploring but the state should also try to get people to ditch their cars altogether by adding tolls. "There are a lot of roads in Massachusetts that we don't toll that we could use that money to help invest in public transit to accelerate the improvements and the modernization so that we have public transit as a viable alternative," says McAnneny, who was also vice chair of the governor's commission on the future of transportation.
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Is Baker’s $18 billion bond bill a game changer for commuters?

Jul 31 2019

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

“The question is: Is it enough money for what? To deliver a 21st century transportation system, perhaps not,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Does it fund the capital investment plan and put us on the way? Yes.”
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Late budget isn't a ‘governance weakness’

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Jul 10 2019

By Heath Fahle, CommonWealth Magazine

There should be no doubt that late budgets cause problems, though not the problems cited by Moody’s. For example, Moody’s worried that local governments would not receive monthly payments. The Commonwealth’s interim budget legislation is brief (less than 250 words), but it authorizes local aid payments explicitly. The state’s debt payments, another potential concern, are already fast-tracked by the state constitution and have little risk of going unpaid.
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Keller @ Large: What Encore Boston Harbor Opening Means For Tax Revenue

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Jun 23 2019

By Jon Keller, WBZ

BOSTON (CBS) – Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller this week on Keller @ Large to discuss the state of tax issues in the state.

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Will state’s bet on Encore casino pay off? We’re about to find out

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Jun 22 2019

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Casino revenue is “not a panacea,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal watchdog group. “Nor will it solve the Commonwealth’s long-term fiscal challenges by any stretch,” though it could help fund new or supplement existing services.

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Boston business leaders weigh in on second go-around for a ‘millionaire’s tax’

Jun 15 2019

By Kalina Newman, South Coast Today

The MTF statement cited doubts over whether the estimated $2 billion in tax revenue would go towards the proposed transportation and education, or would even materialize at all. ″[T]he power to appropriate revenue in the state budget rests solely within the Legislature and cannot be guaranteed in the constitution,” according to the statement. Because the wording of the amendment says the funds are “subject to appropriation,” the decision on how to best spend the additional funds would need to be made each year by future legislatures.
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Mass. business groups lay out ed reform wish list

Jun 13 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / MetroWest Daily News

The letter, circulated by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and signed by groups including Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, said employers are reporting trouble finding qualified candidates for open jobs while students are graduating unprepared to secure those positions.

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