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For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise

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Jul 14 2018

By Kay Lazar and Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe

“It sounds like there are a lot of resources that could be reallocated and we need to have that conversation,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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DeLeo: "Very difficult" to pass immigrant enforcement bill in House

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Jul 12 2018

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, budget negotiators face 185 non-spending Senate initiatives and 109 from the House. And while total spending in the two roughly $41.5 billion budgets differs by only $22 million, the budgets feature $304 million in unique House spending and $282 million in unique Senate spending, for a total of $586 million.
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Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay

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Jul 12 2018

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

According to the business-backed watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House-passed budget has 109 non-spending sections, while the Senate has 185. “As has been the case in recent years, the Senate budget includes significantly more policy provisions that the House,” the foundation said in a recent report. “This mismatch in the number of sections can make it difficult to resolve policy differences in a way that is satisfactory for both branches.”
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Our Opinion: Legislature's inexcusable July bottleneck of laws

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Jul 10 2018

The Berkshire Eagle

Both are heavily larded with non-spending "policy" riders, to the tune of 109 in the House version and 185 in the Senate's, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Creative accounting on Beacon Hill

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Jul 10 2018

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says industry assessments are not an ideal way of funding government services because the approach reduces spending accountability and hides the true cost of government. Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the foundation, says user fees make sense but only if there is a direct link between the entity providing the funds and what is being funded. “To me there’s no connection between rental car contracts and police training,” he says.
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo suggests stripping policy riders from Massachusetts budget

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Jul 9 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

According to a summary by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Senate version of the state budget has 185 outside sections; the House has 109.
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State savings, spending to get a boost from projected $1.2 billion surplus

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Jul 7 2018

By Matt Murphy and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Telegram

Using a higher estimate might enable Democrats in the House and Senate to resolve differences over spending proposals. The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has also suggested an adjustment to the estimate might be warranted.
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State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected

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Jul 6 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

"Having revenues continue to exceed projections is welcome news,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because a large portion of this revenue is attributable to federal tax law changes, and may not be recurring, budget makers should still proceed with caution.”
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Op-Ed: Ruling on millionaire tax right one constitutionally

Jul 3 2018

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

AS A PLAINTIFF in the lawsuit Anderson v. Attorney General, I applaud the court’s decision, although I don’t consider myself or the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the organization that I represent, the winner. The real winner is our democracy.

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Mass. is one of just 2 states that hasn't passed a budget for this fiscal year

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Jul 2 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

According to the business-backed watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House-passed budget has 109 non-spending sections, while the Senate has 185. “As has been the case in recent years, the Senate budget includes significantly more policy provisions that the House,” the foundation said in a report last week. “This mismatch in the number of sections can make it difficult to resolve policy differences in a way that is satisfactory for both branches.”
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