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University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy

Apr 22 2013

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

In transportation, Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s ambitious transportation plans appear to have stalled in the state legislature, said Michael Widmer, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. But he does expect a compromise now brewing in the statehouse to yield $700 million to $800 million in transportation funding a year once the plan ramps-up fully in 2018.
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Increased school aid unlikely

Feb 10 2013

By Jennie Oemig, The Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle

Hill also gave the committee the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report, which explains exactly what the governor’s revenue proposal will be for FY14 and FY15. “He eliminates 44 personal income tax exemptions and deductions, which is gonna hurt a lot of families - a lot of middle class families,” he said.
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UMass president hopeful over gov's funding push

Jan 23 2013

By Colleen Quinn, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, disagreed with the assertion that Massachusetts taxpayers shoulder less of a tax burden than other states. Tax rates are only part of the story. One needs to look at the overall tax burden taxpayers' face, he said. "You could have a lower rate but you may tax many more things. That is in fact the case," Widmer said.
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Patrick’s Education Proposal Could Freeze UMass Tuition

Jan 23 2013

By Fred Bever, WBUR

“Well I think the governor has an uphill road to climb here,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer says even if Patrick can push through tax hikes it won’t come without concessions. “It really opens up a full discussion on where the money’s going to go,” Widmer said. “The House and Senate are going to want to spread around the additional revenues to many, many more programs than education and transportation.”
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UMass president encouraged school can keep promise to freeze tuition

Jan 22 2013

By Coleen Quinn, State House News Service / Cape Cod Times

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, disagreed with the assertion that Massachusetts taxpayers shoulder less of a tax burden than other states. Tax rates are only part of the story. One needs to look at the overall tax burden taxpayers' face, he said. "You could have a lower rate but you may tax many more things. That is in fact the case," Widmer said.
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Editorial: Taxpayers can’t afford Patrick’s plans

Jan 18 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

“Clearly the changes make the state’s tax system more progressive, but it is a large increase to impose on those who make the decisions whether to invest in Massachusetts, especially in a fragile economic environment,” Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told the Associated Press.
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Gov. Patrick's education plan ties learning to growth

Jan 16 2013

By Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram

“Once it gets in the legislative arena … a lot of groups and causes that have seen several years of budget cuts are going to want to see restorations for themselves,” Mr. Widmer said, mentioning mental health and courts as two such areas. “You may have a focus on education, but the debate becomes much broader.”
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Governor OKs measure that could grant illegal immigrants in-state tuition

Dec 6 2012

By David Barnstone, The Daily Collegian

A 2011 report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates between 315 and 365 illegal immigrants would enroll in one of the state’s colleges or universities. The report indicates that 15 percent of those students would enroll in the UMass system.
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Editorial: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick makes right call on in-state tuition

Nov 26 2012

The Republican

In 2011, a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation study estimated that each year, between 315 and 365 illegal immigrants would enroll in the state’s public institutions if they were eligible for in-state rates. Overall, the study predicted that the granting of in-state rates would be a net financial gain for the commonwealth. Providing an in-state tuition benefit for these students will help them just as it has helped millions of immigrants before them.
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Tuition breaks for immigrants will have limited local impact

Nov 21 2012

By Chris Shores, Daily Hampshire Gazette

That estimate — which the state’s department of higher education said is based on a 2011 report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — is much lower than the approximately 15,000 to 17,000 illegal immigrants in Massachusetts that could technically qualify for tuition breaks.
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