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Boston2024 has no budget to fix MBTA

Jul 1 2015

By Allison Manning, Boston.com

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation doesn’t have an official stance on the Olympics. But they are focused on the MBTA and its $6.7 billion backlog of necessary improvements, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the organization. “I don’t know whether or not what Boston2024 is proposing aligns with the MBTA’s and the commuting public’s priorities,” she said.
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Column: Fixing the T requires long-term commitment

Jun 28 2015

By Eileen McAnneny, The Salem News

Four months after the T’s collapse this past February, the state has reached a pivotal moment in which the Legislature must make crucial decisions on the future of the state’s key public transit system.
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Lobbying on MBTA overhaul intensifies

Jun 26 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

“It’s the lifeblood of the economy,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and cochairwoman of a coalition of mayors and business groups pushing Baker’s plan. “This has to be fixed and we needed to start yesterday.”
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More Massachusetts public employees getting paid parental leave

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Jun 16 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The expansions irk some fiscal conservatives. Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she does not want to see the state mandate paid parental leave. She has mixed feelings about public employers providing it on their own.
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Baker: Too many Deval Patrick projects, too little dough

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Jun 12 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

What we’re now beginning to see is the constraints on the state’s capital spending,” said Andy Bagley, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We have enormous infrastructure needs, and this is a clear signal that we don’t currently have the resources
needed,” he said. “We’re 
going to have to start making very difficult decisions.”
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Lawmakers grapple over tax fairness

Jun 10 2015

By Christian Wade, CNHI Statehouse Bureau

“There’s no question that the purpose of this measure is to increase progressivity in the state’s income tax code,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which supports the current flat tax. “The unanswered question is whether this is a move towards a graduated tax or something in place of it.”
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The Struggle to Tax the Cloud

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Jun 1 2015

By Liz Farmer, Governing

But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it. Opposition from the state’s business forces rained down pressure on lawmakers. The new law, they claimed, was putting them out of business. “It got very bruising,” says Andrew Bagley, research and public affairs director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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State House chambers turn to SJC to settle feud

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May 23 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“I do know many moons ago I was a staffer at the State House, and the Legislature does ask for guidance from the courts from time to time,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the 
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “You have two equal branches from the Legislature that have a difference of opinion on a pretty important issue and probably a precedent-setting issue.”
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DeLeo comes out for MBTA control board as senators mull amendment

May 21 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

Leaders from groups like the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were joined by a handful of mayors from Revere, Gardner, Attleboro, Framingham, Braintree and Melrose.

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Business groups lobby in favor of Baker’s MBTA plan

May 20 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

A collection of business groups and elected officials billing themselves as the Coalition for World Class Public Transit System will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to launch an online petition backing Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the MBTA.
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More MBTA reform needed

May 19 2015

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

It’s disappointing to hear a policy maker as smart as Rosenberg take refuge in well-worn pro-Pacheco talking points, even while conceding that he’s not familiar enough with the matter to discuss the millions saved when the T managed to sidestep Pacheco and outsource a bus-fleet overhaul.
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Critics fault key findings in Baker panel MBTA report

May 19 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said her group’s own months-long review of the public transit agency reached similar conclusions about mounting deficits and a failure to properly manage upgrades to trains, tracks, and other infrastructure. “We can’t have near-reforms,” she said. “We really need what’s effectively a rescue plan.”
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Early-ed spending up in Senate’s proposed $38 billion state budget

May 12 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate’s approach is “woefully inadequate.” “There are serious financial challenges plaguing the T,” she said. “And it looks like [the Senate is] putting the burden on the administration to change everything without giving them the tools they had requested.”
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State clears way for 5,000 workers to retire early

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May 5 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

How well the administration keeps key parts of state government running with a sudden exodus of thousands of employees will, in large measure, determine how sustained Baker’s victory is, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Forum to focus on improving MBTA service, equipment woes

May 4 2015

AP / SFGate

Suffolk University is hosting a public forum this week to examine ideas for improving service and equipment failures at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority while increasing revenue for the struggling agency.
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House leaders unveil $38 billion budget

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May 2 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
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Business Coalition Urges Governor and Legislature to Create World-Class Transit System

Apr 29 2015

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Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said, “Now that the breadth and severity of the problems confronting the MBTA have been revealed and the price of inaction is evident, we have a real opportunity to move forward with a plan for transforming the MBTA into a modern, world-class public transit system.”
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House leaders target education, transportation, local aid in budget

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Apr 24 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“I think it was a fiscally responsible budget; certainly they held the line on spending,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It looks like they have different, or slightly different, priorities than the administration — for example, spending a little more on K-12 education and a little less on public safety.”
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$15 billion - What Massachusetts needs to pay retiree insurance benefits for 30 years, but doesn't have

Apr 24 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Each year we delay action on this, the problem gets bigger and more unwieldy," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has studied the impact of retiree benefits on state and local governments.
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MA: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Special Health Care Fund After Union Dodges Reform

Apr 23 2015

By Matt Stout and Erin Smith, The Boston Herald

But shifting T workers from the agency's more expensive health insurance plans to the GIC has been derailed by delays -- first by the Carmen's Union unsuccessful court challenge. Then a 2010 law allowed roughly 3,600 Carmen's Union members to avoid moving to the GIC until this fiscal year while the labor group sought arbitration, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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House releases $38b budget, holds line on taxes, fees

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Apr 15 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Overall, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Wednesday’s budget is fiscally responsible and holds the line on spending. She praised its efforts at MBTA reform — which include the Pacheco law suspension, audits of the T’s finances and maintenance, and efforts aimed at streamlining procurement.
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Neglecting the MBTA by committee

Apr 14 2015

By Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe

Local business-funded watchdogs, such as Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Pioneer Institute, have long memories of serial refinancings, pension underfunding, and other fiscal gimmicks at the T.
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How do we dig out of the T’s mess?

Apr 9 2015

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker provided a road map Wednesday, formally unveiling his high-profile commission’s findings and recommendations. The 50-page report has something for everyone: Transit advocates can exhale that new projects won’t be halted, and the fiscal watchdogs, from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to the Pioneer Institute, get to say “I told you so.”
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Report: Since 2009, MBTA spent just 53 percent of allocated capital budget on long-term expenses

Apr 7 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Already, the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has argued that the T must halt all expansion while it makes a full fiscal accounting of its problems.
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MBTA report will identify unsustainable operating costs and inadequate revenue from fares

Apr 6 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

This is not the first time a study has identified the imbalance between revenue and expenses. A report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation similarly found that the public transit system's costs far outweighed the money it was taking in.
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Rep sees broad base of film tax credit support in House

Apr 1 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Nashoba Publishing

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny testified in support of Baker's bill, calling the film credit "highly inefficient" while she said the money spent on the earned income tax credit would largely flow back into the state's economy.
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Business leaders urge MBTA to invest in expansion

Apr 1 2015

By Nicole Dungca, The Boston Globe

The push comes after the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation suggested in a report that the T halt funding for expansion projects for the rest of this year. That report was critical of the T’s finances and ability to properly maintain its vehicles.
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State employee retirement incentive could cause exodus in revenue, welfare, transportation, mental health agencies

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Mar 27 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

To some extent, the loss of people could cause efficiencies. "This could spur innovation within departments in terms of figuring out better ways to leverage technology," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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MBTA “at the end of its line,” says taxpayer group

Mar 13 2015

By Marianne Hayes, The Metro

“The financial burden on the Commonwealth is too high and the importance of the T to the state’s economy is too great to allow this decades-long problem to worsen,” added McAnneny in an MTF statement.
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Weekly Roundup — Not Everyone’s Laughing

Mar 13 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / WWLP

And speaking of serious problems, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation put out a report this week based on the assumption that everyone is now in agreement after this winter that the T is “at the end of its line.” The report, in a series of recommendations, suggested that Baker be given “short-term” control over the MBTA board and the authority to choose the T’s next general manager, c
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MBTA’s path forward

Mar 13 2015

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

“It is not just an operational budget deficit, it is not just an enormous backlog for maintenance and capital investment, it is not just shortcomings of the management process,” says Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the foundation. “It is the sum total of all of it that’s really eye-opening.”
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Editorial: MBTA’s pension fund has operated in the dark for too long

Mar 12 2015

The Boston Globe

That was one of the immediate recommendations in a grim new report on the T by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which reinforces years of previous warnings about the T’s parlous state.
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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation identifies dire fiscal problems at MBTA

Mar 12 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

A dire report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation digs into the financial straits at the MBTA and finds an agency where expenses far exceed revenues and where enormous debt is burdening the organization.
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Boston-area transit board OKs snow compensation for commuters

Mar 12 2015

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in a report released Wednesday, said the MBTA's financial and managerial problems were so overwhelming that no relatively simple fix would help. The business-backed group urged lawmakers to hold off on providing more money to the agency until a comprehensive plan was in place to address a widening gap between operating expenses and revenues.
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Boston City Councilors File Resolution in Support of Late-Night T

Mar 12 2015

By Samuel E. Liu, The Harvard Crimson

On Wednesday, a report by the watchdog group Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in part that the MBTA should halt expansion projects for 2015. The report painted a bleak picture for the MBTA, arguing that the state should conduct an independent audit of the T. One reason for the system’s problem, according to the report, is "a stark mismatch between spending and revenues."
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Editorial: T flunks ‘stress’ test

Mar 12 2015

The Boston Herald

Ahead of the special task force assigned to report back on problems plaguing the MBTA, the respected Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation issued its own report yesterday aptly titled “The T: The End of the Line.” What more do you need to know?
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MTF report: Give Baker control over 'broken' MBTA

Mar 12 2015

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

"We know the T is broken, but we don't know just how broken," said MTF President Eileen McAnneny in a statement. "We also know that past reform efforts have not brought stability.
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Report says MBTA financial system ‘off the rails’

Mar 11 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

“What we’re suggesting is that the problems facing the T are so pervasive that it’s not the case that marginal reforms or biting around the edges will work,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It will require a fundamental change to how the T operates.”
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MBTA considers free fare week, refunds after brutal winter commutes

Mar 11 2015

WCVB

Meanwhile, in a 55-page report, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is urging the state to stall funding for MBTA expansion projects, commission an independent audit of its finances and allow for more privatization of services. The watchdog group said the state should halt investment into the system until it gets a clear picture of the agency's problems.
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Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation offers recommendations for improving MBTA

Mar 11 2015

By Eric Convey, Boston Business Journal

The MBTA needs to put the brakes on expansion and overhaul some of its financial operations, the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in a report released today.
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Good riddance to the Mass. film tax credit

Mar 8 2015

By Joan Vennochi, The Boston Globe

It’s good politics, but also good policy. In that quest, Baker has the blessing of Michael J. Widmer, the outgoing president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who during his farewell gala speech took time to declare, “By the way, Charlie, I strongly agree with that proposal.”
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Balance at last

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Mar 6 2015

The Worcester Telegram

Mr. Baker's budget blueprint does just that. The $38 billion plan increases spending by $1.1 billion, or about 3 percent. That is lower than the 4.5 percent increase in state revenues that the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation expects the state will see in fiscal 2016.
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Massachusetts state employees protest proposed health insurance changes

Mar 5 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, said the increase in premium co-pays to 25 percent is not unreasonable compared to private sector health plans. "Employees are being asked to pay more, but what they're asked to pay is in line with the private sector," McAnneny said.
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Charlie Baker prescribes cuts to MassHealth

Mar 5 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“If we’re trying to close the structural deficit over time, it’s something we’re going to have to focus on,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “and I would say not just MassHealth but health care in general.”
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Baker aims to slow budget growth to $1.1B

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Mar 5 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Lowell Sun

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said it would bear watching how the Legislature responds to Baker's proposals to phase out the film tax credit and implement an early retirement program, the success of which she said will depend on ensuring people aren't rehired to fill the jobs vacated by early retirees.
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Local aid plan hailed

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Mar 5 2015

By Jennifer Bates , The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation previously warned of a $1.5 billion budget gap between expected revenues and expenses in the upcoming fiscal year. However, Eileen McAnneny, president of the group, said the increase in assistance to cities and towns was reasonable.
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Gov. Baker to unveil first state budget plan

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Mar 4 2015

By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said the state could face a $1.5 billion budget gap.
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Baker budget aims to rein in state spending

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Mar 4 2015

By Joshua Miller and Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the budget is a “great first step” in slowing the growth in state spending. “They did it in a way that was responsible, all things considered,” she said.
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Massachusetts budget proposal 'right-sizes' government while investing in priorities like transportation

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Mar 4 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, called the budget "responsible" and a "great first step in slowing the growth in spending." She praised the governor for looking to save money in health care costs, which has long been a major cost driver in state spending.
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Baker: MBTA needs $65M hike in subsidies

Mar 4 2015

AP / Lawrence Eagle Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said the state could face a $1.5 billion budget gap.
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Local aid would increase 2.4% under Baker budget

Mar 4 2015

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated a $1.5 billion gap between expected revenues and expenses next year. Baker is tackling that budget gap without recommending any tax hikes, and does not plan to draw money from the state's stabilization fund, which lawmakers have regularly used to support spending plans.
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Editorial: End Mass. film tax credit

Mar 3 2015

The Boston Globe

Report after report has shown that the number of jobs created is small, and that much of the money flows to out-of-state movie stars. The program has attracted criticism from across the political spectrum, from left-leaning groups, like the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, to the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $100 million tax amnesty program

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Mar 3 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said tax amnesty programs tend to be used occasionally by state government. "Often, it's in situations like this where government's facing a large deficit and there's not necessarily an obvious way of closing that deficit, so people work for more creative solutions," Ryan said.
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Editorial: Baker’s buyout proposal offers roadmap for humane cuts

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Mar 2 2015

The Boston Globe

BALANCING THE state’s budget deficit — which the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates could be $1.5 billion — was always going to require both reducing government services and cutting the size of state agencies. Governor Baker’s challenge is to find ways to make the necessary cuts while minimizing the inevitable pain.
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State may offer thousands early retirement; layoffs possible

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Mar 2 2015

AP / Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a budget watchdog group, has said that a gap of about $1.5 billion likely exists between anticipated revenues and the spending that would be required to maintain current program levels in the budget.
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State to offer early retirement deals; layoffs may follow

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Mar 2 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan watchdog group, has projected the state will face a $1.5 billion shortfall in the new fiscal year, an estimate in line with the administration’s take.
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Dempsey keeps top post, warns of budget challenges

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Mar 1 2015

By Christian Wade, Lawrence Eagle Tribune

he Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal watchdog group, estimates that the state faces a shortfall of more than $1.5 billion in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The group attributes the gap to underfunded health care accounts and non-tax revenues that have fallen short of expectations.
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Gov. Charlie Baker Prepares To Release First State Budget

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Mar 1 2015

AP / WBZ

Now a key taxpayer watchdog group says Massachusetts’ budget shortfall could be as high as $1.5 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation’s projected shortfall assumes funding for programs considered discretionary, from public safety to aid to municipalities, stays level.
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Why Gov. Baker may have to cut state jobs to make the budget numbers work: Guest viewpoint

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Feb 27 2015

By George Donnelly, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, the new head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told the Boston Globe about the upcoming budget drama: "There will be no sacred cows." Not entirely true, however: local aid is one sacred cow that likely will stay safe. Other sacred cows, like not cutting back the state employee headcount, may not survive.
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Gov. Charlie Baker talks budget, energy, drug abuse at Affiliated Chambers meeting

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Feb 27 2015

By Jim Kinney, Masslive

Baker repeated his pledge not to cut state aid to cities and towns. Beyond that, though, he offered little detail in advance of his budget which will be filed Wednesday, March 4. Baker did say an estimated $1.5 billion shortfall released last week by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation group is probably on or close to the mark.
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Gov. Baker Would Let Municipalities Spread Snow Costs Over Two Years

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Feb 27 2015

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

Speaking with reporters, Baker did not dispute an estimate from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the state is faced with a $1.5 billion budget gap. Baker again pledged not to cut local aid.
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Baker targets MassHealth on $1.5B gap

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Feb 26 2015

By Andy Metzger, Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

This year's $36.5 billion state budget has so far relied on one-time revenues and midyear spending cuts to balance out, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates a shortfall of $1.5 billion in fiscal 2016, which begins July 1, in order to cover growing fixed costs and to maintain existing government services.
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UMass tuition may go up; budget crisis to blame

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Feb 25 2015

By Tiffany Chan, WWLP

College students gathered on Beacon Hill Wednesday to thank state lawmakers for increasing financial aid funding last year. The event came on the same day as the release of a new report on the state’s fiscal health by the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The group claims the state is facing an estimated $1.5 billion budget deficit in fiscal 2016.
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Watchdog Group Says State's Budget Defecit Will Be $1.5 Billion

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Feb 25 2015

By Sarah Birnbaum, WGBH

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny says the state saw larger budget gaps– on the order of $3 billion– in the middle of the recession. "But it’s important to realize that this is happening when we’re in an economic recovery." McAnneny says state spending on things like healthcare and pensions is outpacing growth in tax revenue.
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Mass. budget shortfall could hit $1.5 billion

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Feb 25 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“There will be no sacred cows,” said McAnneny, the Taxpayers Foundation president. “Everyone will have to come in and justify their existence in a way they probably haven’t had to before, simply because the problem is so sizable.” The group says the gap could be smaller if the Baker administration is able to reduce the skyrocketing costs of Medicaid, a major driver of budget increases.
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Watchdog: Massachusetts could face $1.5B budget shortfall

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Feb 25 2015

AP / The Washington Times

A taxpayers watchdog groups says Massachusetts’ budget shortfall could be as high as $1.5 billion, nearly twice what the administration is estimating. The president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told organizations that rely on state funding to “Brace yourselves for a new reality.”
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Communities value the T, but who pays?

Feb 19 2015

By Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe

Yet rising property values don’t translate into more revenue to keep the system functioning. Instead, the contributions that the T receives from the cities and towns it serves are shrinking as a percentage of the agency’s operating budget, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, from 14 percent in 2001 to 8 percent in 2015.
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In Marblehead, 14.94-percent tax-bill hike since 2011

Feb 12 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop. 2 1/2,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Immigrant students in Massachusetts seek in-state tuition

Feb 9 2015

By Elizabeth Ronan, Masslive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects that granting in-state tuition rates to immigrant students illegally living in the state would directly benefit fewer than 1,000 students and that state colleges and universities would gain money due to increased enrollment.
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Worried about state budget cuts? Next year may be worse

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Feb 9 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

The administration has not yet estimated the size of that gap. But Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, estimated that the Baker administration will face a $1.5 billion gap between the revenues that are coming in and the amount of money needed to maintain current services. "It's a significant gap," McAnneny said.
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Area homeowners see increase in property tax bills

Feb 7 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Taunton Daily Gazette

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop 2½,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Group forecasts bleak financial future

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Feb 6 2015

By Jason Protami, South Coast Today

“I think the long-term issue is one of the most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services.
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Business leaders patient as snow, red ink occupy Baker

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Feb 6 2015

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

Ash will also continue a tradition from the Patrick administration of holding regular, closed-door meetings with representatives from key business groups that include the Greater Boston Chamber, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Baker budget fix features $514M in spending cuts

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Feb 4 2015

By Gintautas Dumcius and Michael Norton , State House News Service / Nashoba Publishing

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Baker's plan is "probably the most reasonable way to go forward." Because the plan relies on one-time solutions, she said, a structural deficit looms in fiscal 2016, which starts in July. Baker's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget -- his first as governor -- is due by March 4.
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Spending cuts, new revenue included in Gov. Charlie Baker's 2015 budget fix

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Feb 3 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said given the difficulty of cutting spending mid-year, a proposal that includes a mix of spending and revenue seems like a "reasonable solution."
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Gov. Baker Eyes Capital Gains Tax Revenues To Fix Budget Gap

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Feb 2 2015

By Steve LeBlanc, AP / WBUR

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said at the time that he believed only $122 million in capital gains taxes would be available for deficit reduction.
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Agreement reached on 4.8 percent revenue growth forecast

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Jan 30 2015

By Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service / WWLP

The governor has been focused on developing a fix anticipated early next week for an estimated $765 million deficit in the fiscal 2015 budget. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projected tax revenues for fiscal year 2015 would come in $95 million above the revised consensus revenue estimate, a 4.4 percent increase for the year.
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Western Mass. Lawmakers Weigh In On State Budget Gap

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Jan 26 2015

By Jim Levulis, WAMC

After November’s election, Patrick’s administration said the state was facing was a $329 million budget gap. A month later, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated the budget gap was $750 million, a number strongly refuted by the Patrick administration.
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BAKER SAYS DEFICIT IS $765 MILLION

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Jan 26 2015

By Bob Katzen, The Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker said his aides have crunched the numbers and he projects a $765 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. That is considerably more than the $329 former Gov. Deval Patrick predicted prior to leaving office. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's estimate is even higher. It recently predicted a $1 billion deficit.
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Baker: Health care biggest driver of $765M budget gap

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Jan 26 2015

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

In December, Patrick's secretary of administration and finance, Glen Shor, disputed an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation alleging a deficit significantly larger than the $329 million problem flagged by Patrick's team right after the November elections.

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Analysts expect state budget woes to continue

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Jan 22 2015

By Bob Salsberg, AP / South Coast Today

"It's alarming that even with employment gains and a healthier economic climate, the state faces a monumental budget shortfall in fiscal 2015 and substantial challenges in 2016," said Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal watchdog group.
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Experts: Growth will mean $1B more in taxes for budget

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Jan 22 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House New Service / WWLP

Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, projected that tax revenues this year, which are trending $18 million below estimates, would come in $95 million above benchmarks by the end of the year, representing 4.4 percent growth. For fiscal 2016, Bagley estimated a similar 4.5 percent rate of growth, or $1.1 billion, for a total of $25.5 billion in tax revenues.
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Economists anticipate moderate growth in Massachusetts tax revenue next year

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Jan 22 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

But the additional revenue does not mean budget writers will have an easy job. Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, warned that increases in spending for Medicaid, pensions and retiree health care, along with spending for debt owed through the MBTA and School Building Authority "will consume most, if not all, of the $1.1 billion in new tax revenues."

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Baker Says Massachusetts Faces Large Budget Gap

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Jan 22 2015

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

After Baker’s election last November, the administration of former Gov. Deval Patrick revealed the state was facing a budget gap which was projected at $329 million. A month later, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated the budget gap at $750 million, which was strongly refuted by the Patrick administration.
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If economy is humming, why does Mass. show a deficit?

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Jan 22 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“If we had really robust revenue growth on a great recovery, some of these problems disappear,” said Andrew C. Bagley, who directs research at the Taxpayers Foundation. “But we haven’t seen it.”
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Playing the hand he was dealt

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Jan 22 2015

The Lowell Sun

Baker's figure is in line with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan research group, which has warned for months that Patrick's numbers significantly underestimated the severity of the situation.
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Obamacare costs could boost $765M budget deficit

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Jan 21 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“That’s the big unknown that they might not be able to get their hands on until mid- to late March,” said Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, adding that the state could “easily” have at least 100,000 more enrollees in Medicaid than it budgeted for when enrollment wraps Feb. 15.
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Baker cites $765 million budget shortfall

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Jan 20 2015

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Andrew C. Bagley, who directs research at the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said there is “no way” the administration will be able to find $765 million “in new revenues and fees.
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Will Charlie Baker’s Management Skills Be Enough?

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Jan 20 2015

By Mara Dolan, WGBH

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTA), which generally opposes tax increases, supported the gas tax indexing and for good reason. Then MTA President Michael Widmer said, in an interview last fall for The Republican, “They’re going to find out quite quickly they don’t have enough money to fund basic maintenance of roads and bridges, never mind expansion.”
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A fiscal diplomat

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Jan 19 2015

The Lowell Sun

Widmer, 75, recently retired from the research group. For more than two decades, he kept state leaders, legislators and business people on their toes. He scrutinized state budgets with a fiscally conservative bent, and backed up MFA's analyses with calm and credible force.
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Things to know about the state's budget shortfall

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Jan 17 2015

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Taunton Daily Gazette

Baker insists the deficit is a “spending problem,” and that the state must tighten its belt. The taxpayers foundation projected $525 million in unanticipated spending, with the potential of up to $300 million in additional Medicaid costs related in part to a breakdown in the state’s health connector website.
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Things to know about the Massachusetts budget shortfall

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Jan 17 2015

AP / The Boston Herald

The independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in a December analysis, pegged the deficit in the $1 billion range. Baker, in his Jan. 8 inaugural address, said he anticipated the deficit to exceed $500 million, with the new administration trying to nail down a more precise estimate.
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Editorial: For Baker, election glow ends quickly

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Jan 15 2015

The Daily News

“The size of this shortfall is typically connected to a recession, where revenues just plummet,” said Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Taxpayers Foundation. “But this is highly unusual because we’re in the middle of a recovery and the economy appears to be doing quite well.”
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Baker, lawmakers say local aid is safe in face of budget crisis

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Jan 14 2015

By Christian Wade, The Daily News

ndrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonprofit fiscal watchdog group, said the governor faces “painful cuts” to shore up the budget gaps. “The size of this shortfall is typically connected to a recession, where revenues just plummet,” Bagley said.
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Why Mass. Has A Large Budget Gap — And What Could Be Done About It

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Jan 14 2015

By Asma Khalid, WBUR

Bagley and his team at the taxpayers foundation insist the deficit is closer to $750 million. (Previously, his organization calculated a deficit around $1 billion, but proposals from the Patrick administration in November (see below) reduced that figure by $250 million.)
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Norwood budgets to tackle growing OPEB deficit

Jan 12 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Norwood Transcript

“I think the long-term issue is one of most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services.
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Gov. Charlie Baker talks budget with Rosenberg, DeLeo; Size of deficit still unclear

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Jan 12 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

As Baker takes office, the first issues he must deal with are budgetary. He enters office facing a deficit. Former Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, said the budget gap was $329 million, and he unilaterally cut around $200 million. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said the gap could be as high as $750 million.
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Governor Baker puts freeze on state hiring

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Jan 9 2015

By Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a watchdog group that monitors fiscal issues, has estimated the state has a $750 million midyear deficit, even after the Patrick administration cut the $36.5 billion budget by $250 million late last year.
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Baker orders hiring freeze, eyes budget deficit

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Jan 9 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

Baker said in his inaugural speech that he expects a mid-year budget deficit to be above a half-billion dollars. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has pegged the hole to be as high as $750 million, though former Gov. Deval Patrick’s aides had disputed that estimate.
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Baker budget chief says state 'bleeding' money

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Jan 8 2015

By Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service / MassLive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation last year estimated the deficit at about $750 million after accounting for Patrick's spending cuts, an estimate that Patrick budget chief Glen Shor disputed. "I think that the estimate that the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation issued is a credible number.
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