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Retired judge: Cronyism and patronage allegations nothing new for Montigny

Nov 20 2010

By Dan McDonald, South Coast Today

"This is a very serious abuse of the taxpayers' dollars," said Widmer of the patronage allegations. "This goes so far over the line, and any notion that this is common practice is an absurd defense."
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Millions More In State Trinket Purchases Identified

Nov 19 2010

WCVB TV

“When one looks at the list, one walks away from it saying common sense needs to prevail here,” said Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Editorial: Redefining 'normal'

Nov 19 2010

The Berkshire Eagle

Most strikingly, Mr. Widmer, whose organization is a respected independent watchdog, said there may never be a "return to normal" in terms of the state's economy.
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Mass. Saves Nearly $130M After Consolidating Agencies

Nov 18 2010

WBUR

President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Michael Widmer, says much of the savings have already been realized. “I think in the end, the question is beyond dollar savings — how well do we the state, manage our transportation systems,” he says.
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Mass. economic forecast: 'Precarious,' with a chance of slow growth

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Nov 18 2010

By Matt Murphy, Brookline Tab / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated the state’s structural deficit to be $2 billion or more in fiscal 2012, based on the state’s use of “rainy day” funds and federal stimulus dollars to balance the current budget.
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Local legislators weigh in on in-state tuition debate

Nov 18 2010

By Scott O'Connell, MetroWest Daily News

Proponents also say the measure would help generate revenue. Several legislators cited a recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that projected the increase in tuition payments and fees could create $2.5 million in additional revenue.
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Latina senator defends tuition plan

Nov 18 2010

Telegram / AP

She pointed to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report in 2006 that said it would raise revenue.
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Gov. To Push In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

Nov 17 2010

WCVB TV

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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Widmer Forecasts Tough Times for County, State

Nov 17 2010

By Nichole Dupont, iBerkshires.com

"The last two, three, even four years have been very challenging and you guys bear the brunt of it," Widmer said. "This is the worst state fiscal crisis since the Depression. In terms of 2011, we're doing fine, the state budget is tightly balanced. The issue is Fiscal Year 2012. There are no stimulus dollars after 2011."
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State budget expert projects $2B shortfall, aid cuts

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Nov 17 2010

By Trevor Jones, The Berkshire Eagle

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent, public policy watchdog organization, spoke at Town Hall to an audience made up mostly of municipal and school officials, projecting a $2 billion shortfall for the 2012 state budget and a 5 to 10 percent cut in local aid.
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