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Patrick testifies on immigrant tuition bill: 'It's time for us to fix the law'

Jul 21 2011

By Matt Murphy and Kyle Cheney, The Herald News / State House News Service

Taxpayer Foundation president Michael Widmer said the organization has no position on legislation authorizing in-state tuition rates for certain illegal immigrants. The analysis noted that over the last 12 years, the state has spent between $105 million and $120 million educating undocumented students in secondary and elementary schools.
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Patrick backs illegal immigrants on tuition

Jul 21 2011

By Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that passing the legislation would boost the state’s revenues by about $2 million in the first year, if 315 to 365 students enrolled, and up to $7.4 million by the fourth year, when the enrollment could more than double.
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Schools taking a hit in federal aid in the next fiscal year

Apr 26 2011

By Michael Norton, Wareham Courier / State House News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said that about $108 million from an allotment of $200 million in one-time education funds approved by Congress last year have not been requested by cities and towns and could be available for fiscal 2012. But Widmer said 100 communities have already used up their share of those funds – about $92 million – and the Chapter 70 funding cut could hurt more in those cities and towns.
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UMass goes deep for football glory

Apr 21 2011

By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald

“They get a higher turnout from games and a higher pay-out,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. “Their applications could also increase. It’s not just Division 1 football, but it’s part of strategy to enhance the reputation of the university.”
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State workers can get free education

Mar 4 2011

By Kara Dominick, WWLP

The head of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, Michael Widmer, says this is one perk our state can no longer afford. "It's one thing to have 100 percent reimbursement for an employee. Even that alone is very generous. But then the spouse as well, that is off the chart."
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'Generous' State Perk: Free Tuition For Spouses

Mar 2 2011

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"It's an exceedingly generous benefit for state employees. 100 percent reimbursement of tuition at a time we're cutting the state budget," said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Advocates lobby for state tuition bill

Feb 12 2011

By Russell Contreras, Taiwan News / AP

Chang-Diaz pointed to a study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that estimates that 400 to 600 students might enter Massachusetts schools as a result of the bill and that it likely would result in $2.5 million of extra revenue.
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Sapping the strength of schools

Dec 10 2010

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, was every bit as adamant as Grogan, saying that if Massachusetts is to keep its first-in-the-nation status on education, it has to confront the issue. As a short-term reform, giving cities and towns plan design/GIC-joining authority dwarfs anything else that can be done, said Widmer, who predicted local health care savings would reach $100 million in year one and compound to the billion-dollar range over a decade.
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Report confirms health costs eating away at education budgets

Dec 9 2010

By Matt Murphy, Medfield Press / GateHouse News Service

The Boston Foundation intends to join the efforts of a growing coalition of business and non-profit organizations led by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Associated Industries of Massachusetts to support plan design for municipalities and permit communities to join the state’s GIC without collective bargaining. The coalition now includes approximately 30 groups, according to Taxpayer Foundation director Michael Widmer.
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Patrick to push in-state tuition for immigrants

Nov 25 2010

By Russell Contreras, Bay State Banner

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated at the time that about 400 to 600 students might enter Massachusetts’ schools as a result of the bill and that it likely would result in $2.5 million of extra revenue.
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