“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.
Polito's prepared remarks, provided by her spokesman, referred to a shortfall of "$500 million to $600 million or more." Asked where the $700 million figure came from, Polito referred to the estimate by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's Michael Widmer and said Widmer placed the deficit somewhere around "five, six, seven hundred million dollars."
Would you believe Forbes Magazine (a conservative publication)? If so, you should know that in 2012, Forbes quoted Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers foundation, an independent watchdog agency, as having said, “I think it has been a huge success. Romney should be proud of it. It has been one of the biggest policy achievements in this state over the last 25 years.”