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School agenda lauded: Patrick’s plan stirs questions

Jun 29 2008

By Jacqueline Reis, Telegram & Gazette

"Even if casinos arrive in Massachusetts, their revenue would likely cover only a quarter of what the Readiness agenda asks for, according to Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The state is already looking at a billion dollar deficit for fiscal 2009 (which starts Tuesday), he said. He hasn't priced out the Readiness agenda, but he estimated its cost at more than $1 billion."
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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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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."
 
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