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EDITORIAL: No need to lose Fair Share of Mass. business growth

Oct 7 2017

Sentinel & Enterprise

Don't worry about the rich. They can move or remain in Massachusetts no matter the tax burden. It's the businesses that won't expand or take root at all - and all the jobs they would create -- that should be our main concern if the added tax on those high earners becomes law.
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Business Groups Sue To Block 'Millionaires Tax' From Massachusetts Ballot

Oct 4 2017

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the ballot initiative, which would amend the state constitution, is a bad idea.
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‘Millionaire’s Tax’ ballot petition faces legal challenge

Oct 4 2017

By Elisa Machado, 22WWLP

Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told 22News, “We’re concerned that the question is not properly before voters, that it violates the constitution.” “This question combines several unrelated matters into one question and then it gives voters a kind of hobsonian choice if you will,” said McAnneny.
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Massachusetts business groups ask state's Supreme Judicial Court to stop 'millionaires tax' from reaching 2018 ballot

Oct 3 2017

By Gintautas Dumcius, MassLive

The plaintiffs in the complaint against the proposed amendment, along with Anderson, are Christopher Carlozzi, the Massachusetts state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Richard Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM); Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF); and Daniel O'Connell, president and CEO
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Business Groups Sue To Stop Massachusetts ‘Millionaire Tax’

Oct 3 2017

By Bob Salsberg, AP / CBS

"We are challenging the ‘how’ of this ballot initiative, not the ‘what’ or the ‘why,'” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed fiscal research group that is also party to the Supreme Judicial Court lawsuit. “This is about process, not policy.”
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Business groups go to SJC to challenge ‘millionaires tax’ proposal

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Oct 3 2017

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

“Essentially, if this ballot initiative is allowed to go forward, we’re saying voters have the power to raise revenue and appropriate it,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It kind of becomes the Wild West of budgeting.”
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Steady stream of studies fuel transportation debates

Sep 30 2017

By Adam Vacarro, The Boston Globe

And the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the state needs to have a better plan to confront challenges, including from climate changes and the loss of gas tax money as more vehicles become electric-powered. And in response to the Taxpayers Foundation report, the Baker administration this week said it would form a commission to study funding and infrastructure challenges.
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Transportation Reports Still Don't Answer Money Questions

Sep 30 2017

By Bob Salsberg, AP / U.S. News and World Report

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation strongly suggests that just throwing money at problems isn't enough.
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Self-driving cars speed ahead without legislative framework

Sep 29 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Salem News

Ford is developing a fully autonomous vehicle — no steering wheel, brake or gas pedals, and no driver required — by 2021, Ford Smart Mobility's director of city solutions Jessica Robinson said Wednesday at a transportation forum hosted by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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New Massachusetts commission to review state's transportation needs

Sep 27 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report also found that factors such as climate change, ride-sharing services, electric vehicles and self-driving cars will affect state revenues. For example, if fewer people buy cars, Massachusetts will get less money from registration fees. More fuel-efficient cars means the state will lose gas tax money.
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Mixed messages on paying for transportation

Sep 27 2017

CommonWealth Magazine

In addition to the loud message sent by the ballot question, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation also released a report on transportation just hours before the Senate study was unveiled that says money isn’t the panacea for the aging network. The taxpayer report cited the growing impact of climate change on various modes of transportation and said those will cost money as well.
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Baker to form commission to review transportation needs

Sep 27 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Salem News

The taxpayers foundation this week released a report critical of the state for not having a updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is desperately needed given the advances in technology and climate change.
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Is more money needed to fix Massachusetts transportation?

Sep 27 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

On Tuesday, the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report arguing that more money alone will not fix Massachusetts' transportation problems. Rather, the report said there needs to be a full review of the state's transportation assets to figure out what the system needs and how it should be funded.
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Editorial: One transportation study that's really needed

Sep 27 2017

Newburyport Daily News

The foundation is pressing for a complete, detailed picture of the transportation system. Gov.
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MASS. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NEEDS INDEPENDENT REVIEW, BIZ GROUP SAYS

Sep 26 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

The state needs a new blueprint to address its transportation infrastructure, which faces new threats and remains in problematic condition despite major investments in recent years, according to a business-backed foundation that is recommending a new independent review.
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Standardized testing comes under fire again in Mass.

Sep 13 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

The alliance and 25 other business groups, including the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Retailers Association of Massachusetts, signed on to a statement opposing the Rush and Decker bills.
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Minimum Wage Hike, Sales Tax Cut Could Be On 2018 Massachusetts Ballot

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Sep 11 2017

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said legislating through the Constitution is a big mistake. "The downside is that if there are problems with this new tax increase, the legislature does not have the ability to change it," said McAnneny.
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Mass. tax collections miss benchmarks

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Sep 8 2017

By Colin Young, State House news Service / Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 budget in July and vetoed nine of the budget's outside sections and $320.3 million across 169 line items, including $202 million related to the MassHealth changes he proposed in June. The net impact of the vetoes, after accounting for federal revenues, is $193 million, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis.
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Transit chief wants ‘world class’ system for MBTA

Aug 15 2017

AP / The Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent watchdog group, welcomed the appointment of Ramirez. “Mr. Ramirez’s business background and expertise in complex turnarounds makes him the ideal person to lead the authority forward,” President Eileen McAnneny said.
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Ballot proposals raise and lower taxes

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Aug 5 2017

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the dilemma points to the hazards of letting voters decide complex tax issues. "More often than not a ballot question is written by its proponents," she said. "It's very one-sided and it's not a good way to make policy."
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Baker to approve fees, fines from employers for MassHealth

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Aug 2 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / WBJournal

In mid-July, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation speculated about the situation that has come to pass.

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Baker’s plan to cut health costs gets skeptical reception in Legislature

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Jul 25 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

“The cost of inaction is too high,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said at Tuesday’s hearing at the State House.
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House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

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Jul 25 2017

By Matt Murphy and Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, also testifying in support of the governor’s plan, expressed concern that spending on MassHealth has outpaced investments in programs such as subsidized child care 44 times over.
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Mass. finishes fiscal year with $431M revenue shortfall

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Jul 24 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / Newburyport News

Baker’s vetoes stretched across 169 line items, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He also vetoed $42 million in spending that lawmakers earmarked in an attempt to force appropriations for favored projects.
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Minority leader urges House to hold off on budget vetoes

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Jul 21 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

Baker's latest vetoes stretched across 169 line item vetoes, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF). He also vetoed $42 million in spending earmarks.
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Keller @ Large: Eileen McAnneny Talks Tax Issues, Pot Bill

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Jul 16 2017

By Jon Keller, CBS

Jon asked McAnneny if the latest budget the state legislature passed was a responsible one. “I will say it was responsible in several senses,” she said.
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Baker won’t commit to health care assessments

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Jul 10 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

Led by groups like Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the coalition called for the “rapid approval of the reform package in its entirety by the end of July.” “On its own, the employer assessment negatively impacts thousands of businesses around the state.
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Baker to raid trust funds to finalize last year’s budget

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Jul 8 2017

By Andy Metzger and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Dedham Transcript

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in June predicted that trust fund balances might be eyed to plug holes in the state budget.
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State budget includes new fees on businesses to help the state pay for health care costs

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Jul 7 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

“When the administration was seeking support for their package, they made it clear to the employer community that they would accept this as a package only,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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NH candidate makes pitch to Mass. millionaires

Jul 7 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Newburyport News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, however, has cautioned that if one-third of the 900 tax filers projected to make more than $10 million annually were to relocate, total income tax revenues would drop by approximately $750 million, including $410 million in taxes from the current rate and $335 million projected under the surtax.
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Massachusetts Still Without Budget 5 Days Into Fiscal Year

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Jul 5 2017

NECN

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the fiscal 2018 shortfall could go as high as $1 billion.
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As new fiscal year arrives, lawmakers face shortfall

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Jul 2 2017

Sentinel and Enterprise

But that's only part of the problem. Tax revenues have risen only about 1.2 percent during the previous 12 months, making the 3.9 percent increase forecast for the next 12 months, "very optimistic and I would say unrealistic," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Millionaires might complain about new tax, but they probably won’t flee, studies show

Jun 21 2017

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

A study by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College found that, in the four years following New Jersey’s income tax increase, $70 billion in wealth left the state, while the expected amount of charitable giving fell by $1.1 billion.
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Editorial: Baker shows way on health reform

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Jun 21 2017

The Boston Herald

The Baker administration has thrown the Legislature — and the taxpayers — a lifeline when it comes to dealing with rising Medicaid costs — which account for nearly 40 percent of the state budget. Lawmakers should grab it.
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Baker Medicaid plan raises employer burden

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Jun 21 2017

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

Officials with many of the major business groups and some health plans, including the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, the Mass High Tech Council, Fallon Health, Boston Medical Center and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation are backing the reform package.
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Massachusetts Millionaires Tax Will Face Voters in 2018

Jun 15 2017

Bloomberg BNA News

However, detractors like the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Associated Industries of Massachusetts say the new surtax will drive wealthy residents from the state, causing estimates of tax revenue to drop as well.
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Mass. Lawmakers Push 'Millionaire's Tax' Through To 2018 Ballot

Jun 14 2017

By Steve Brown, WBUR

Critics say it would drive away jobs and hurt businesses in the state. A recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation predicts the plan could also backfire by giving wealthy residents a significant incentive to move away.
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Democratic candidates for governor pressure Baker on income surtax

Jun 14 2017

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

Backers of the surtax say the state needs the estimated $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion in new revenues to invest in public education and transportation infrastructure, but critics, including the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, warned this week that the proposal could cause wealthy Bay State residents to move to less expensive states and warned new revenues would likely be needed
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MTF Blasts Proposed 'Millionaire's Tax'

Jun 13 2017

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

The foundation’s report delivered to legislators two days before the scheduled vote said that if just one-third of the 900 state taxpayers who make more than $10 million a year were to leave the state, projected revenue would drop by $750 million.
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Will ‘millionaires’ tax?’ appear on 2018 ballot? We’ll find out Wednesday

Jun 13 2017

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

“This proposal, unfortunately, combines questionable benefits with an extraordinary level of risk,” the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation wrote in a withering analysis of the proposal released Monday.
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Mass. bond rating drops

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Jun 13 2017

By Christian Wade, Newburyport News

The Democrat-controlled Legislature has siphoned more than $2.2 billion from the reserve fund to cover operating expenses between fiscal years 2012 and 2015, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan watchdog.
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'Millionaire's tax' could backfire, group warns

Jun 13 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"The millionaire's tax does not align with the state's economic interests because it taxes talent -- Massachusetts' principal competitive advantage," the analysis says. "The appeal is easy to understand -- it is projected to raise almost $2 billion per year; does not require legislators to take a vote on a tax increase; and targets a small number of wealthy taxpayers.
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Business-backed group says proposed tax would chase away top earners

Jun 12 2017

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe

But the foundation says the amendment would “tax talent – Massachusetts’ principal competitive advantage.” “The appeal is easy to understand — it is projected to raise almost $2 billion per year; does not require legislators to take a vote on a tax increase; and targets a small number of wealthy taxpayers,” the foundation says in its report.
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Economists say a $1b state budget cut may be needed

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Jun 7 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, predicted legislators will have to slice between $750 million and $1 billion from their $40.3 billion budget. That won’t all be in program cuts, she said, but it won’t be painless. “Eight years into an economic recovery, we have seen state tax revenue slow down considerably.
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Shortsleeve move to T board opposed

Jun 6 2017

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Andrew Bagley, vice president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, also voiced support for Shortsleeve, saying “he’s brought stability to the organization.”
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Behind closed doors, Legislative leaders hammer out state budget

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Jun 5 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says a "substantial downgrade to (FY18) revenue is likely, and if it occurs, will require major spending reductions" in the final budget.
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Is Massachusetts Heading For A Budget Crisis?

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May 30 2017

By Mike Deehan, WGBH

"It really is the equivalent of the state looking under the couch cushions for any revenue that it can find in various accounts where there's a balance and sweeping that money to make up the deficit," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said, adding that fixing a budget gap at the end of the fiscal year will be hard because much of the state's money has always been spent.
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Business advocates gear up for legal fight against ‘millionaires tax’ proposal

May 26 2017

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

Other influential business groups — such as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership — also oppose the labor-backed surcharge. Among their strategies: filing a lawsuit later this year that challenges its constitutionality.
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Senate OK’s $40.8 billion state budget

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May 26 2017

By Laura Krantz, The Boston Globe

As the budget debate neared an end Thursday night, Eileen P. McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, noted how much the disappointing revenue collections influenced budget crafting.
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Senate loads up on earmarks despite tight fiscal picture

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May 25 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

By 1:30 p.m. Thursday, senators added $35.9 million in spending to their fiscal 2018 budget, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Doug Howgate, the foundation's director of policy and research, said earmarks accounted for about $24.7 million of the spending by his tally.
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Senate rolls out budget amid shaky revenue supports

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May 20 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Saugus Wicked Local

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which includes the transfer in its estimates, tracked the final House budget at about $40.8 billion and Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal at $40.9 billion.
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Tax-break loopholes tough to close

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May 18 2017

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Sentinel and Enterprise News

In 2013 as part of a $1.9 billion tax package that was dismissed by the Legislature, former Gov. Deval Patrick targeted 44 personal income tax exemptions and deductions, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis of the proposal.
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Millionaire’s Tax Proposal Moving Ahead in Massachusetts

May 17 2017

By Aaron Nicodemus, BNA

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has been fighting the amendment, arguing the additional tax could hurt the economy by “driving the risk-takers, investors and entrepreneurs out of state,” said the foundation’s president, Eileen McAnneny.
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Senate budget lets gov collect Medicaid fee from businesses

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May 17 2017

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

After the administration faced significant pushback from employers on the assessment plan, Baker entered into talks with the business community -- including Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Retailers Association of Massachusetts -- about possible alternatives.
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Senate eyes Airbnb tax bid despite Baker, House opposition to proposal

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May 17 2017

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“Anytime a proposal is in two of three versions of the budget, there’s a likelihood it can survive in one shape or form, particularly if it’s a priority,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Senate budget includes new fee on business

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May 16 2017

By Joshua Miller and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

“Given the track record of revenue growth over the last 18 months, it’s important to begin fiscal year 2018 with a lower and more realistic tax estimate so as not to compound the problem,” said Eileen McAnneny, who leads the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Senate budget pinned on shaky revenue projections

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May 16 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

The Senate Ways and Means Committee said its budget has a total of $40.79 billion in spending, a number that includes a $452 million transfer to a medical assistance trust fund. House lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker do not include that money in their bottom lines.
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On Beacon Hill, new talk of raising taxes

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May 14 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“Obviously the cry for more revenue increases when revenues come in below expectations, and that’s happened for the last couple of years,” said Eileen McAnneny, the president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “That pressure is real.” But so, too, she said, is the decline in money available for discretionary spending as fixed costs rise sharply.
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Revenue base eroding as annual budget talks ramp up

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May 12 2017

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

An official at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation confirmed that if May and June revenues hit benchmarks, the state would need 5.77 percent growth in tax receipts to meet its target in fiscal 2018. Doug Howgate, director of policy and research for the business-backed group, said the last time the state exceeded that level of growth was in fiscal 2015 when tax revenues grew 7.8 percent.
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Pennsylvania tech sector rallies against proposed tax

May 9 2017

By Courtney Linder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Connecticut taxes computer services at 1 percent, Hawaii and South Dakota at 4 percent, and New Mexico at 5 percent, according to a 2013 study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The independent research organization created a 50-state database to compare tech taxes after Massachusetts’ 2014 budget proposal introduced what would have been the most burdensome tech tax in the country, Mr.
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State falls short on tax revenue. Way short. Again.

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May 3 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said closing the gap “will be incredibly difficult to do with so little time left in the fiscal year” and given that policy makers have put tapping the state’s emergency, or rainy day, fund effectively off limits. She said the implications for the next fiscal year are equally problematic.
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Mass. House adds $77M to budget

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Apr 27 2017

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

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported that the House budget weighed out at $40.8 billion, about $80 million less than Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.9 billion bottom line. The foundation includes in its bottom line calculations of a $450 million transfer to a medical assistance trust fund.
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House Backs $40B State Budget, Senate Up Next

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Apr 26 2017

AP / CBS Boston

According to an analysis on Wednesday from the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House added nearly $78 million in spending across 138 separate line items before sending the budget on to the Senate.
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Payments surge over first half of biggest collection month

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Apr 22 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, also cautioned against drawing conclusions based on mid-month data. "Certainly you'd rather be doing well than not doing well," he said.

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In $40.3 billion budget proposal, idea of health care fee embraced

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Apr 10 2017

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

But as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted, the change has faced criticism, including from retailers "whose remittance processes are complicated by this measure," as well as from banks and credit card companies who would be required to remit sales tax on a daily basis.
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Lawmakers will consider major increase to state education funding formula

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Apr 10 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The major problem is a lack of available money. The state budget is already tight. If fully implemented, the report's recommendations could cost the state more than $1 billion extra each year. "Right now, there really isn't a way for the state to pay for this new ongoing cost," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed group.
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House to release rewrite of Gov. Baker’s fiscal year 2018 budget

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Apr 10 2017

By Ashley Afonso, 22WWLP

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Baker’s that proposal, and three other tax law changes would generate $127 million in revenue, most of it from sales taxes.
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Keller @ Large: Eileen McAnneny Talks Taxes

Apr 9 2017

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

It’s tax season, so Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to talk about how our taxes are being used on Beacon Hill, and what the prospects are for our state’s economy and for tax revenues.
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A duel between tax plans

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Apr 7 2017

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

A sales tax reduction to 5 percent would cost the state $1.2 billion, while a 4.5 percent rate would mean a $1.7 billion revenue loss, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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QUICK TAKE FROM A SMART PERSON ABOUT OUR $40 BILLION BUDGET

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Apr 5 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: “Clearly, this is unnerving. Given the experience last year, the state needs to operate under the assumption that tax collections will fall short of expectations for the fiscal year and that shortfall will need to be actively managed.”
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Faced with decades-long decline in state aid, communities confront need for additional revenue

Mar 30 2017

By Jenna Fisher, Lexington Wicked Local

This fiscal year, for the first time in 20 years, local aid is less than 20 percent of all municipal revenue, according to a report from the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. The portion of municipal revenue that is local aid has decreased over the past nine years, the foundation reported.
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Officials say state must address runaway MassHealth costs

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Mar 26 2017

By Sarah Toy, The Telegram

Eileen McAnneny, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, agreed, saying that it was not clear the growth in MassHealth was solely due to a decline in employer-sponsored insurance. “The solution shouldn’t be just for employers to pay more,” she said. “There are more factors involved that need to be considered.”
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Watchdog: Mass. health care needs a cure — regardless of national situation

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Mar 24 2017

By Richie Davis, The Recorder

Eileen McAnneny, who heads the fiscal watchdog and advocacy organization, apologized for painting a gloomy picture for the 100 Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members at their breakfast meeting Friday.
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Baker health insurance assessment alternative would hit more employers

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Mar 23 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Telegram

"The alternative proposal is preferable in the sense that it is temporary, spreads a much smaller assessment over a larger segment of the employer population and would provide some relief on unemployment insurance bills for employers.
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Mass. should wait on $2K business healthcare assessment

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Mar 20 2017

By Eileen McAnneny, WBJournal

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is a strong proponent of reducing healthcare costs, and we have repeatedly warned that the growth in MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, is crowding out spending on other priorities, yet we have been critical of the Governor Charlie Baker's proposed fair share assessment on employers. Why is that?
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On Beacon Hill: Fingers crossed as Trump turmoil tests budget makers

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Mar 12 2017

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

Since floating the idea in his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, the business community, with whom the governor is traditionally allied, has pushed back hard, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, as reported by State House News Service, is preparing an analysis that will claim the assessment is based on a “flawed premise.”
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‘Other ideas’ welcome to fight MassHealth costs

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Mar 9 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Telegram

The business community - including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation - has panned Baker's proposal as an unfair penalty and claim it is based on a faulty premise.
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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Mar 8 2017

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

But Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed government watchdog, said Baker should seek an extension of the Pacheco Law suspension to continue the progress at the T.
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Bleak state revenue report means December cuts may stand

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Mar 6 2017

By Matt Murphy and Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Telegram

Calling it "pretty considerable" for February revenue collections to fall 9.1 percent below the monthly benchmark, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said the state needs to "pay close attention" to determine if the shortfall is an aberration or the start of a trend.
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Baker pitches plan to build state's reserve fund

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Mar 3 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The current process for depositing funds into the rainy day fund has two shortcomings, MTF said. "First, capital gains revenues that have been far different from initial projections has caused budget problems," MTF wrote in its assessment of Baker's fiscal 2018 proposal.
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Baker, business leaders are at odds on health care

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Feb 18 2017

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

The Baker administration backs up its argument with a chart that shows a 16-percent increase in full-time workers between 2011 and 2015 who were not on employer-sponsored insurance. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has launched its own research to pinpoint the reasons for surging MassHealth costs.
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo: Revisit Gov. Baker’s cuts in another month

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Feb 10 2017

By Colin A. Young and Antonio Caban, State House News Service / The Telegram

"I think it's probably premature to do anything to undo the solutions at this point," said Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Being 0.2 percent below benchmark for the year, Howgate said, is "not horrible" but revenues are "not doing a whole lot better" or worse than expected.
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Baker prepares for ACA repeal, but budgets for status quo

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Jan 27 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Daily News

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the uncertainty around the ACA left the administration without many good options as it prepared its budget.
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Chicopee School officials call for budget freeze to save for next year

Jan 26 2017

By Jeanette DeForge, MassLive

In this year's state budget, Chapter 70 aid rose by more than $116 million, or 2.6 percent, and unrestricted aid by $42 million, or 4.3 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, according to State House News Service.
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Baker Proposes $40 Billion Budget That Would Restore Parts Of Original Mass. Health Reform Law

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Jan 26 2017

By Steve Brown, WBUR

While applauding the move to restore money to the rainy day fund and the focus on health care costs, Eileen McAnneny of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is not so sure about charging businesses who don't cover their workers. "I think the governor rightfully pointed out the differences between the Massachusetts health care reform law and the ACA," she said.
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Taxpayer group: Lawmaker pay hike adds to challenges

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Jan 26 2017

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

While the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's president on Tuesday expressed concern about the expense associated with the sweeping pay hike package, a former Republican governor said he would sign it were he in the governor's shoes.
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Baker budget proposal seeks to return to pre-ACA health care options

Jan 25 2017

By Lauren Dezenski, Politico

“I think returning to the Massachusetts model would certainly be helpful for the commonwealth,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the right-leaning Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, adding, “I don’t envy the administration ... it is a particularly trying time in health care.”
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Gov. Charlie Baker defends proposed $2,000-per-worker health insurance fee

Jan 25 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the focus on health care costs "is very necessary and long overdue." But McAnneny said she has reservations about the employer assessment. "Having a $300 million new assessment on employers is a big amount by any measure," McAnneny said.
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Attleboro area lawmakers balk at pay hike

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Jan 25 2017

By Jim Hand, The Chronicle

Prior to the vote, Eileen McAnneny, head of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the state should offer salaries comparable to other states, with the cost of the raises offset by spending cuts. "It is vital that we don't further add to the deficit.
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Baker targets new revenue to help 'wrestle' budget into balance

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Jan 25 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Telegram

McAnneny praised Baker's "improvement to fiscal management," including a change in the way deposits are made to the stabilization Baker proposed the deposits be made in two phases, including a deposit of 50 percent of capital gains revenue in excess of roughly $1 billion during the budgetary process, and a deposit of 50 percent of excess tax revenue above benchmark at the end of the fiscal year.
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Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker voices opposition to broad-based tax increase

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Jan 24 2017

By Gintautas Dumcius, MassLive

"He outlined his list of accomplishments in trying to move the commonwealth forward by doing a lot of the grunt work of getting agencies to run better, streamline processes and all of that, so I think it was very much in line with how he governs," said Eileen McAnneny, head of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Agency that spends $2b a year wants to cap payments to hospitals

Jan 24 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the GIC board, acknowledged she has some reservations about setting rates. But current efforts to control costs, including a 2012 state law, have not been enough, she said. “We are trying to think longer term,” she said.
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Baker's budget to add $91 million for schools, $40 million in local aid

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Jan 23 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

In this year's state budget, Chapter 70 aid rose by more than $116 million, or 2.6 percent, and unrestricted aid by $42 million, or 4.3 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Governor announces plan to boost aid for schools

Jan 20 2017

By Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Globe

This year’s state spending plan included more than $4.6 billion for public schools, a boost of more than $116 million or 2.6 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The aid is also known as Chapter 70 funds.
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Tough Reception For Baker In Bid To Control Health Care Costs

Jan 18 2017

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the grand bargain was to start by making sure virtually all residents had health insurance, and then "address affordability. And 11 years later, we haven’t really made any meaningful progress on the affordability front."
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Time to deliver on Baker's pledge of 1 percent for nature

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Jan 17 2017

By Jack Clark, The Lawrence Eagle Tribune

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has shown that the gap between projected revenue and spending to maintain current services is $800 million.
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States can offer a lesson as GOP proposes deep cut taxes

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Jan 17 2017

By Christina A. Cassidy, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects the state faces an $800 million structural deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1. Key issues include lower tax collections and an unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollment.
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State summaries: Two-thirds of states face budget challenges

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Jan 16 2017

AP / WNCN

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker projected a nearly $300 million shortfall in the state’s current $39 billion budget, prompting the state to give buyouts to about 900 state workers and trim agency spending by $100 million. The nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects the state faces an $800 million structural deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1.
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Sunday Notebook: Baker's Budget

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Jan 15 2017

Sentinel & Enterprise News

After multiple years of having to play catch up when revenues don't meet expectations, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny might have hit the nail on the head when she said "it remains to be seen if these budget assumptions are conservative enough." The MTF, which has had a pretty good track record in this arena, predicted a 2.65 percent tax revenue growth during a hearing
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