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Editorial: Push for salary parity should not be race to bottom

Apr 27 2010

The Patriot Ledger

"The private-sector benefits have eroded and public-sector benefits have been largely untouched," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told The Patriot Ledger earlier this month.
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Pension benefit at issue

Apr 1 2010

By Matt Carroll, The Boston Herald

"These abuses are fueling the ire of the public,'' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a frequent critic of public pension plans.
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Unions bristle at Patrick reform plan, tough road ahead in legislature

Mar 15 2010

By Jim O’Sullivan, The Boston Herald / State House News Service

After Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray testified in favor of the plan, saying it could save the state $2 billion, Mass. Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer told the Public Service Committee the state's unfunded pension liability had grown dangerously large, requiring reductions in pension benefits.
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Unions safeguard health benefits

Mar 1 2010

By Sean P. Murphy, The Boston Globe

Consolidating all municipal plans into the state GIC would save more than $1 billion a year by 2018, according to estimates by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, two nonpartisan business-backed watchdog groups.
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Tipping the balance

Jan 31 2010

By Kathy McCabe, The Boston Globe

"It's like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off,'' said Andy Bagley, research director at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit fiscal watchdog group. "When cities and towns see payments go up 50 percent, when local aid is cut, it's a pretty tough time to find another five, six or seven million dollars.''
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Pension reform plan lauded

Jan 29 2010

By Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

"I think it's a very thoughtful and comprehensive package," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. Widmer said the second round of reforms are actually more important and would result in more savings than the first.
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Lucrative perk remains for those fired from state jobs

Jan 26 2010

By Michael Jonas, Patriot Ledger / CommonWealth Magazine

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, calls the termination provisions "a total giveaway" and says last year's reform bill failed to get the job done. "All the publicity was focused on the legislative abuses, but the most extensive abuse has been in the executive branch," he said. "The larger problem was totally ignored."
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Our view: Municipalities facing pension tsunami

Dec 21 2009

The Salem News

"It's just not responsible to kick it another 10 years out so we have another generation of taxpayers paying the burden," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told a reporter recently.
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Editorial: Get public employee pensions under control

Dec 16 2009

The Eagle Tribune

"It's just not responsible to kick it another 10 years out so we have another generation of taxpayers paying the burden," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told Huggins.
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Methuen taxpayers hit with higher pension costs

Dec 14 2009

By J.J. Huggins, The Eagle Tribune

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the state should enact pension reform if the funding schedule is extended.
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