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In-state tuition to be offered for illegal immigrant students

Nov 19 2012

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has previously estimated that 315 to 365 undocumented immigrants would enroll in public colleges and universities each year if Massachusetts were to adopt in-state tuition rates for graduating high school students in the country illegally. Those students, according to the foundation, could be absorbed into the state's public higher education system without impact, according to the report.
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Mass. Offers Tuition Break For Immigrants

Nov 19 2012

WBUR

“It would create several million [in] additional revenues for the public higher ed system in Massachusetts because most of the individuals are not attending now and not paying in-state tuition rates,” Widmer said.
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Gov Patrick Calls for In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

Nov 19 2012

GoLocalWorcester

Last year, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that between 315 and 365 illegal immigrant students would take advantage of the in-state tuition rates and enroll in the first year such a policy was put in place. The state's colleges and universities would also receive between $1.8 million and $2.1 million in new revenues during the first year.
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In Massachusetts, student fees often higher than tuition

Aug 27 2012

By Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram

According to a fiscal 2013 budget summary from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the state is spending less on higher education now than it did in fiscal 2008.
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In Quinn bill debate, Romney stood by labor

Feb 18 2012

By Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe

“He’d certainly portrayed himself as a reformer,’’ said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed watchdog group. “So there was a real contradiction between what he had put forward and then the fact that he didn’t sign off on this very hard-earned reform.’’
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Pieces of the Dream

Nov 3 2011

By Gabrielle Gurley, Commonwealth Magazine

A 2006 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report found that the state higher education system stands to gain millions of dollars in new revenues under the bill. If the in-state tuition policy for public colleges and universities had been in place in 2009, up to 660 undocumented students would have enrolled, bringing in between $2.1 and $2.7 million.
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Teachers' generous sick leave benefits far outstrip what private sector provides employees

Oct 23 2011

By Charis Anderson, South Coast Today

"There is clearly a double standard, in which public sector benefits are out of line with what's available in the private sector," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy organization. "It's a divide in cities and towns because the public, most of whom work in the private sector — the voters — are being asked to support and pay for benefits they've long since lost or never had."
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Making DREAM a reality

Oct 11 2011

By Jim Coogan, Cape Cod Times

In a much more recent analysis, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that the payback from this change could be as much as $7.4 million over four years. So it makes good economic sense. We've already invested in the K-12 education of these students. Why throw that away? It seems such a waste.
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Editorial: In-state rates for all Mass. kids, even if they lack legal status

Jul 31 2011

The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, rejects the idea that offering the lower in-state tuition rate to these young people would cost Massachusetts money. He projects a boost to state revenues if students who are now priced out of college earn a chance to enroll at the resident rate, which is generally about half that of the nonresident rate. Illegal immigrants, notes Widmer, are not eligible for state financial aid.
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Editorial: Fix unfair tuition rules

Jul 23 2011

The Berkshire Eagle

By offering these students an incentive to stay in the state, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that the change in tuition rules would boost state revenues by $2 million in the first year the law is enacted and escalate to as much as $7.4 million by the fourth year.
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