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Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

Jun 7 2008

Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

By David Kibbe, SouthCoastToday.com

"On Friday, four business groups released a public letter to Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, saying mandated staffing ratios had 'no proven effect on patient care' and would raise health care costs at a time the Legislature is trying to contain them.

"The letter was signed by the leaders of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."

 

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

Jun 6 2008

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

By Nelson Benton, The Salem News

"Great point made by Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation during a speech Wednesday in Ipswich: How can legislative leaders talk about wanting to reduce health-care costs, then turn around and endorse a bill mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios that hospitals say will cost them millions?"
 

Our view: Beverly vote reflects taxpayer dismay

Jun 5 2008

Our view: Beverly vote reflects taxpayer dismay

By Editorial Board, The Salem News

"Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation referred to the Beverly results in a rather gloomy assessment of the revenue picture delivered to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning."
 

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

Jun 3 2008

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

By Brad Puffer, NECN

"Progress that Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts taxpayers foundation says is extraordinary. 'So this has been a stunning success to date. But there are major challenges ahead'" (1:28 of video)
 

Bridge repair plan will fatten state payroll/Patronage jobs could live on long after work is done

May 26 2008

By Edward Mason, The Eagle Tribune

"Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is concerned those jobs will become permanent once the bridge repairs are done.

"'I think the administration should be careful adding significantly to the payroll,' Widmer said. 'It (potentially) builds in permanent, long-term costs for a temporary bridge program.'"

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Officials punt on police details: Political will once again fades; Unions resist shift to flagmen

May 25 2008

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"'Given the limitations of the legislation, it can't be anything dramatic,' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. 'By tossing it to the local level, they've essentially passed the buck.'"
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Tarr succeeds with municipal management tools

May 24 2008

Tarr succeeds with municipal management tools

By Editorial Board, Tewksbury Advocate

"The municipal management package was a bipartisan product from legislators, mayors, town managers and organizations including the Merrimack Valley Mayors and Managers Coalition, Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
 

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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Reaction to Senate Budget

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May 21 2008

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

"MARTHA BEBINGER: Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is more skeptical.
"MICHAEL WIDMER: It's not a recession budget. Now maybe we'll avoid the recession, but the nation is not, so it's hard to imagine that we will."
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Police, union leaders sharply counter calls to curb details

May 20 2008

By Kyle Cheney, Belmont Citizen Herald

"Economic observers, including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Beacon Hill Institute and Pioneer Institute estimate that police details cost about $42 per hour while flagmen may cost up to $34 per hour, depending on whether fringe benefits are required. In submitted testimony, MTF President Michael Widmer noted that MBTA employees assigned to flagman duty receive $25.97 per hour, and the Beacon Hill Institute notes that crossing guards in Delaware are paid $16.23 per hour."
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