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Report card for Gov. Deval Patrick

Jul 30 2008

By Jim Braude, NECN

"It's a collection of policies in the fiscal sense - budgets that are $1 billion out of balance or more, bailout of the Turnpike with a unanimous vote in the House, finally Senator Montigny, one lonely senator, stops it in the Senate while the outside world is falling apart, people losing tuitions and Beacon Hill behaving as if we're in the roaring 90's."
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Administration looks to accelerate life science borrowing

Jul 30 2008

By Kyle Cheney/State House News Service, The Belmont Citizen-Herald

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said use of more than $75 million a year would be ill-advised.
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Biz groups: Health care reform costs are unfair

Jul 30 2008

By Christine McConville, The Boston Herald

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation also oppose the plan.
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House Advances Governor Patrick’s “Shared Responsibility” charges

Jul 29 2008

By CommonHealth, WBUR

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer says it does not make sense to test political support for the law when it isn't clear how much, if any, new money the state will need.
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State must reform its pension system

Jul 29 2008

Editorial: The Republican

We agree with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has called for the elimination of the special pensions.
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Will Hollywood's Spotlight Stay On Massachusetts?

Jul 28 2008

By Team 5, WCVB / TV

"Clearly, a bad deal for Massachusetts," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Widmer objected to the eye-popping 25 percent tax credit that lures Hollywood here. That means for every dollar producers spend, the state gives back 25 cents.
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Bay State Democrats ignoring Gov. Patrick?

Jul 28 2008

By Jim Braude, NECN

If you check the news from the State Houses, you heard two dire warnings of fiscal danger ahead this week. The first came from Governor Paterson of New York, and the second from Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.  Both say the slowing economy means a potential fiscal emergency ahead. But why wasn't Governor Deval Patrick instead of a Beacon Hill lobbyist, the one speaking out in Massachusetts?
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McGlynn meets with leading economists to discuss state’s fiscal condition

Jul 28 2008

McGlynn meets with leading economists to discuss state’s fiscal condition

The Medford Transcript

McGlynn met with the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Michael Widmer, to discuss the health of the state's economy and the impact of the national recession on state and local finances.
 

OP-ED: THE BILLION-DOLLAR BAILOUT MASS. CAN'T AFFORD

Jul 27 2008

By Michael J. Widmer, The Boston Globe

The Legislature should take the time to get this right. The proposed bailout rewards the Turnpike's abysmal record while shifting the risks to the taxpayer. Bailing out the Turnpike with no accompanying reforms, no transparency, and no comprehensive plan to address its underlying problems will be remembered for years as the other bookend to the sorry Big Dig saga.
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Devil's in the details

Jul 27 2008

By David Kibbe, South Coast News

Michael Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, served on the transportation panel that recommended the change. He wasn't optimistic the final guidelines would produce a sweeping reform.

"I'm hopeful that it will open up a crack, and that it will give a little room for municipal leaders if some mayor or selectmen wanted to address this issue in a real way"¦" he said. "Right now, basically the police have a monopoly stronghold on it, and the question is can you just let a little air into it."

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