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.
When all is said and done,under Deval Patrick, businesses collectively pay at least $150 million more annually in taxes, according to Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the result of that effort shows the "disconnect between his focus and his vision on the one hand and the funding to support it on the other." Widmer called Patrick's transportation record a "disappointment." He said Patrick's decision to promote an income tax increase that was "dead on arrival" in the legislature resulted in