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Schools forecast ‘difficult’ fiscal year

Nov 12 2009

By Kevin T. Baldwin, The Beacon Village

School Committee Chairman Brian Burke of Stow, said he spoke to Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and as a result of the discussion, he expects the district to be "faced with some tough choices" during fiscal 2011.
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The state of UMass

Sep 15 2009

By Rick Holmes, The Taunton Daily Gazette

That rescue won't last long, Wilson said. State tax collections won't return to 2008 levels until at least 2014, Michael Widmer of the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation predicts, and the stimulus money is mostly spent.
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Bridgwater State College preparing for influx of returning military veterans

Jul 14 2009

By Peter Cox, The Enterprise

"These proposals should be questioned in good times, and should be rejected" in this economy, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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State Burns Through Stimulus Money For Education

Jun 11 2009

By Fred Thys, WBUR

"Clearly," said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, "the state's situation has become so desperate this fiscal year, which is ending on June 30, that what the administration has done is to take this education stimulus money and advance it, instead of spending it in fiscal year 2010 or 11."
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Patrick spares school aid

Jan 23 2009

By David Kibbe, Cape Cod Times

"For most communities, cutting additional assistance and cutting lottery aid will have an impact on schools," said Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "They are major parts of local budgets."
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Report: State tax hikes should tie to school reforms

Jan 5 2009

By Statehouse News Service and Times Staff, Gloucester Daily Times

Michael Widmer, head of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the commission, said private fund-raising to deal with ongoing costs is unrealistic. "If there's special projects, private fund-raising may be an option," he said. "When we're talking about costs in the hundreds of millions, billions of dollars, I think it's an idea worth exploring, but realistically it won't have much of an impact."
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Mass. official says Patrick proposal to be trimmed

Oct 27 2008

Mass. official says Patrick proposal to be trimmed

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Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the goals of the program are admirable, but the money just isn't there.
 

Patrick pulling back on education

Oct 27 2008

By James Vaznis, The Boston Globe

"We don't have the dollars to do it," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "It's not that we don't believe in the virtue. We don't have the money."
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Senators prod Patrick on student loans

Aug 2 2008

By Beth Healy , The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a sharp critic of the turnpike bailout, said the governor should bring his power to bear to help resolve the student loan crisis. "With something of this magnitude, it's incumbent on the administration to take the lead and try to find a solution," Widmer said. He said that the universities and colleges, which all lobbied for the creation of the state lending authority nearly 30 years ago, have enough financial reserves to offer more help.
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School agenda lauded: Patrick’s plan stirs questions

Jun 29 2008

By Jacqueline Reis, Telegram & Gazette

"Even if casinos arrive in Massachusetts, their revenue would likely cover only a quarter of what the Readiness agenda asks for, according to Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The state is already looking at a billion dollar deficit for fiscal 2009 (which starts Tuesday), he said. He hasn't priced out the Readiness agenda, but he estimated its cost at more than $1 billion."
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