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With No Deal On Debt Limit, Mass. Leaders Prepare For The Worst

Jul 29 2011

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Massachusetts is due about a billion dollars from the federal government in September and without it, the state could be hard pressed to make a scheduled local aid payment to cities and towns, according to Michael Widmer , President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Brown sticks with reticence on proposals

Jul 28 2011

By Theo Emery and Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that the debt ceiling is an “enormously potent’’ situation and that voters will have to judge afterward how their elected officials handled it.
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Federal funds crucial to state's economy

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Jul 27 2011

By Jon Chesto, The Country Gazette / GateHouse News Service

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says total state spending reached $32 billion in the fiscal year that just ended, compared with $30.3 billion in the prior year and $31 billion in the one before that.
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Recovery leaves government sector behind

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Jul 23 2011

By Jon Chesto, Milford Daily News

Widmer says the data showing an increase in state jobs can be a little misleading. He says most state agencies actually have seen their staffs shrink in the last four years, while an increasing number of residents turned to the state’s Medicaid program for insurance.
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Tax-collection rebound may spur cut

Jul 21 2011

By Michael Norton, The Lowell Sun / State House News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said yesterday the collections make it likely the tax cut will take effect and said he believes the reduced tax rate should not be blocked. Voters more than a decade ago ordered a 5 percent income tax but lawmakers froze the rate cut in 2002.
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State enjoys $2 billion surprise

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Jul 20 2011

By Bob Salsberg, South Coast Today / AP

The state should hold off, at least for now, on restoring spending cuts or reducing taxes, Widmer said, and should instead commit the bulk of the added revenue to rebuilding the state's reserve fund that has been tapped repeatedly in recent years.
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Tax Collections Up 10.6 Percent

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Jul 19 2011

WCVB TV

"It's not a true surplus," argued Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "What it means is that we are losing less money, if you will ... but it doesn't mean that we are somehow taking in more money than we are spending," he said.
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Massachusetts brings in $723 million more in taxes than projected

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Jul 19 2011

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Under a 2002 state law, the state’s 5.3 percent personal income tax will likely drop to 5.25 percent on Jan. 1, said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $30.6 billion state budget

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Jul 11 2011

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Tax collections for fiscal 2011, scheduled to be reported this week, are expected to be $700 million more than projections, Widmer said. "It's a responsible budget," Widmer said. "It resists the temptation, with increased tax revenues, to add to the bottomline."
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Clothing For State Workers Costs Taxpayers $44M

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Jul 1 2011

WCVB TV

“That’s half of the annual salary of someone who has probably been laid off during this fiscal crisis,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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