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Tweet-err: The Obama team’s faulty debt comparison

May 23 2012

By Josh Hicks, The Washington Post

We consulted the non-partisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to gauge Romney’s handling of state debt as governor. “I didn’t get the sense that he attacked the problem or that he exacerbated it,” said Michael Widmer, the group’s president. “The increases weren’t dramatic compared to state finances, but, nonetheless, debt did increase.”

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Mitt Romney said he "actually cut" spending as Massachusetts governor

May 22 2012

By PolitiFact.com, Tampa Bay Times

Romney made a point of contrasting the fiscal record of President Barack Obama with his own record as governor of Massachusetts. We wondered whether that accurately reflected Romney’s fiscal record in the Bay State. ... We turned to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that studies fiscal policy in the state. They provided us with the figures for total state spending.

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Mass. Senate proposes budget plan with no tax hikes

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May 16 2012

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

“In past recoveries, the state has been able to restore spending cuts that took place in the prior recession and then often reach a new high-water mark,’’ said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded budget watchdog group. “That era is over.’’
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Mass. plans vie for savings on health care

May 9 2012

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the ... Senate’s spending benchmark “strikes a better balance than the House between the need to squeeze cost out of the health care system without damaging the state’s world renowned health care sector.’’

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Keller @ Large: Looking Back At Gov. Mitt Romney’s First 100 Days

May 3 2012

Keller @ Large: Looking Back At Gov. Mitt Romney’s First 100 Days

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

“Gov. Mitt Romney’s first budget proposal contains overdue and comprehensive reforms of the way state government operates but is undercut by overstated claims regarding its short-term fiscal benefits," according to the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

 

Earmarks making return in House budget plan

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May 2 2012

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the number of earmarks in this budget pales in comparison to prefiscal-crisis spending plans. Earmarks also represent political victories for legislators, particularly in an election year, he said. "They're bringing home the bacon, so to speak," said Widmer. "Sometimes one can ridicule where the money is going, but most often it's going toward a worthy cause. There are far more worthy causes than 'Bridges to Nowhere.' "
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House budget mixes spending cuts, hikes

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Apr 12 2012

By Matt Murphy, WWLP / State House News Service

“What’s striking about the budget is the increase in local aid given the fiscal realities,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The increase is paid for in these reductions in other accounts across state government. I’m not necessarily faulting them, but it certainly stands out.”
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Lottery profits could rival ’06 record

Apr 6 2012

By Peter Schworm, The Boston Globe

Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said lottery funds are an important subsidy for cities and towns. “They rely on it,’’ he said.
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Deja Vu: The Latest Attacks from Santorum

Apr 3 2012

By Robert Farley, Yahoo News / FactCheck.org

As we noted when we wrote about the Red White and Blue Fund ad, $1 billion was the high end of a projected budget shortfall for the following fiscal year. And, as it turns out, tax revenues came in much higher than expected due to an improving economy, largely erasing the projected deficit, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Romney's Massachusetts Job Record Not as Great as He Wants You to Think

Mar 9 2012

By Nancy Cook, National Journal

“I’m not sure another governor could have done better,” says Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a not-for-profit group that analyzes the state’s economic and fiscal policies. “But, Romney is campaigning as a job creator.”
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