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So long, income tax?

Jun 24 2008

So long, income tax?

By Maite Jullian, The Sun Chronicle

"'We already have a $1 billion shortfall in the budget with the state income tax,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which opposes the repeal. 'Without the tax, it would be a $13 billion shortfall.'"
 

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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Less Stable: 2009 budget could halve state reserves

Jun 23 2008

By The Editorial Board, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette

"While it appears the state will close out fiscal 2008 this month in fairly good financial shape, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is warning that the 2009 state budget could deplete nearly half the commonwealth's reserves, taking a $2.1 billion fund balance to just $1.2 billion."
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Future of healthcare reform may hinge on outcome of waiver talks

Jun 19 2008

By Kyle Cheney, Cambridge Chronicle

"A Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report released this week said flattening enrollment in Commonwealth Care could limit the cost boost to $100 million higher than projections."
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Town insurance costs can’t be ignored

Jun 18 2008

Town insurance costs can’t be ignored

By Opinion, The Patriot Ledger

"While many unions rightfully decry the cuts in employees they face with budget reductions, the monies available are finite and getting tighter. A report last year from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that health care costs are about 10 percent of municipal budgets but left unchecked and unchanged, at an estimated 13 percent annual increase, it will consume about 23 percent by the year 2018."
 

Seeking a tax cap that works

Jun 17 2008

Seeking a tax cap that works

By Elizabeth Moore, Newsday

"In Massachusetts, the law has made local governments more reliant on fluctuating revenues from income and sales taxes, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
 

Springfield police boost base pay with extra jobs, education benefits

Jun 15 2008

By Peter Goonan, The Republican

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said his group favors the use of civilian flagmen, believing it will save taxpayers "tens of millions of dollars."
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Legislature paying for more than pier improvements

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Jun 15 2008

Legislature paying for more than pier improvements

By David Kibbe, SouthCoastToday.com

"'We're seeing a plethora of authorizations last year and this year,' said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which studies state finances closely.

"'There's enormous competition,' Widmer said, adding that a legislative authorization was 'no guarantee' that projects would be funded anytime soon."

 

Tax report card: Area voters split on overrides

Jun 14 2008

Tax report card: Area voters split on overrides

By David Riley, The Milford Daily News

"About 49.7 percent of operational overrides passed in fiscal 2005, and 54.3 percent in fiscal 2006, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Only 34.9 percent passed in fiscal 2007, and news reports pegged the figure in fiscal 2008 at about 40 percent."
 
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