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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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State budget in the dumps: Shortfalls leaving state's cities, towns in tough spot

May 5 2008

By Maite Jullian and Rachel Kolokoff , The Sun Chronicle

"Some say there is no end in sight.

"'It's going to get worse year by year before it gets better,' said Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. 'And I don't know what will make it better.'

"There is ample evidence that Widmer is not overstating his case."

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Tax repeal effort worries local lawmakers

May 3 2008

Tax repeal effort worries local lawmakers

By Ed Mason and Ethan Forman, The Salem News

"'More and more, individuals are feeling squeezed,' Widmer said. 'And when they feel squeezed, they will vote themselves a tax cut and not contemplate the consequences.'"
 

Empty MBTA Buses Spotted Throughout Boston

Apr 30 2008

By Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ

"Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said 'the T cannot afford to underwrite lines that are severely, seriously underutilized.'"
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Tax bill would hit big firms the most

Apr 15 2008

By Ross Kerber , The Boston Globe

"'I can't define an exact group who will be impacted, but what I do know is the weight of this will fall most heavily on large, multistate corporations that employ hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts citizens,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
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Patrick's promises at risk in budget

Apr 3 2008

Patrick's promises at risk in budget

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"'It would be wise for the three leaders to take a new look at the revenues . . . given that we're now apparently in a recession,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is studying whether that forecast is still accurate."
 
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