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Sep 13 2010

By Brandon Butler, Worcester Business Journal

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, is warning education leaders to horde some of that money in preparation for continued cuts to education funding in the coming years. While local education funding has already been cut by anywhere from 5 to 15 percent, Widmer said the budget situation could be even more dire in fiscal year 2012, when one-time money from the federal government is scheduled to run out.
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Editorial: Funding cliff looming

Sep 8 2010

Daily Collegian

"Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation predicts a decline of over 10 percent in funding for higher education in fiscal year 2012," said Holub.
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Driving a hard bargain?

Sep 2 2010

By Emily Devlin, Sentinel & Enterprise

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a Boston-based policy research center, questioned the school's choice of vehicle. Widmer called it "unfortunate symbolism" in a bleak economic climate.
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Amid economic bust, a boom at UMass

Jul 25 2010

By Robert Gavin, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, says UMass's role as a catalyst is often overlooked, but its research and graduates, most of whom stay in the state, create "a very powerful combination'' for the state's economy. "One of the keys,'' he added, "is they've recognized that they have to master their own future, and steer their own course.''
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School chiefs: Pension cap limits top talent

May 13 2010

By Edward Mason, The Boston Herald

"I don't believe (they) will have any difficulty recruiting superintendents," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "We're still talking about a very generous benefit."
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Effort launched for college aid

Mar 9 2010

By Dan Ring, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he supports funding for public higher education, but the massive fiscal crisis in state government will not end any time soon. The budget problems will be especially bleak for the fiscal year that starts in July of next year when stimulus money could be gone.
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Despite recessions, public-sector pay rises

Feb 7 2010

By Christopher Scott, The Lowell Sun

Steve Poftak and Andrew Bagley, research directors for the Pioneer Institute and Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, respectively, have followed the escalation of public salaries and agree with Edwards.
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Law school attack might threaten public college system

Jan 31 2010

By Steve Urbon, South Coast Today

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in 2004 proposed just such a change to untie the hands of college administrators who each year have to wrestle with all the uncertainties that come with fluctuating state support. MTF President Michael Widmer told The Standard-TImes, "We never addressed the issue of whether it is constitutional. We just looked at the policy and thought it was backwards."
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Massachusetts revisits immigrant tuition bill

Nov 22 2009

By Russell Contreras, North Carolina Times / AP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation 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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Mass. may get additional $250m from US for education efforts

Nov 13 2009

By James Vaznis, The Boston Globe

The money could be a boon for Massachusetts, where sluggish state revenues are expected to cause more drastic budget cuts, said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "If we don't get additional funding, local schools and higher education will be hit dramatically in the next fiscal year,'' Widmer said.
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