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School system retirees 'double dip' with waiver

Jun 28 2008

By Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe

"'The notion that somebody could be collecting a full salary and full retirement benefits really is an abuse and is very troubling,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. 'In effect, it is double dipping. It's this kind of practice that undercuts the public trust in government.'"
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Gov. backs in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Jun 25 2008

Gov. backs in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

By Lindsey Parietti, The Daily News Transcript

"A Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report in 2006 said that giving tuition breaks would not cost the state money but prompt hundreds of illegal immigrants to enroll in public higher education, earning the state millions of dollars in tuition."
 

Education overhaul would take major money

Jun 25 2008

By Steve Urbon, SouthCoastToday.com

"'This is going to get very difficult very fast,' Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Standard-Times.

"'It's clear we don't have the money to do this in the short term. Maybe we don't have the money to do this in the long term. It depends on how the economy performs over the next decade,' he said."

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Patrick presents plans for education: How changes will be funded is unknown

Jun 24 2008

By Tania deLuzuriaga, The Boston Globe

"However, their most politically challenging task will be looking at revamping the way that public schools are funded, said Michael Widmer, who is serving on the governor's commission and is the executive director of the watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation."
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School Readiness Financing

Jun 24 2008

By Monica Brady-Myerov, WBUR

"MICHAEL WIDMER: I think the state's entering a very difficult period in which it's going to be extremely difficult to maintain the present level of services in health care and education and human services and transportation, let alone any significant expansion like this."
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Tuition aid to illegal immigrants falters

May 22 2008

By Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe

"The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that if students could pay in-state rates, as many as 600 illegal immigrants would enroll in college a year, out of 160,000 in the public system, bringing in about $2.5 million in tuition and fees. The group estimated that only about 100 such students were enrolled in 2006."
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