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Report: Retiree health costs equal nearly 20 percent of tax bills for single-family homeowners in Springfield, Holyoke

Sep 24 2014

By Jack Flynn, The Republican

Expanding health care costs for retired municipal workers equal nearly 20 percent of the property tax paid by the average single-family homeowner in Springfield and Holyoke, an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has found.
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Question 1 foes: Gas-tax indexing repeal dooms roads

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Sep 24 2014

By Kyle Clauss, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the federal government is pushing for more responsibility for roads and bridges on the state level. A higher gas tax, Widmer said, would provide the state with revenue for transportation without a considerable burden on motorists -- between $5-$10 annually.
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Retiree health costs straining budgets in poorer cities

Sep 22 2014

By Andy Metzger, State House New Service / WWLP

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analyzed the impact of growing retiree health costs on nine of the 10 cities with the lowest per capita incomes. In North Adams, for example, retiree health care amounts to 22 percent of the city’s property tax levy, or $445 on the average annual tax bill in North Adams. “Not only are property taxpayers funding retiree health care at the expense of other services, they are also funding a benefit that most of them do not receive,” the MTF report stated. “Few residents have access to any retiree health care benefits themselves, let alone the generous ones provided by municipalities.”

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Income inequality impacting state tax revenues

Sep 15 2014

By Tiffany Chan, WWLP

The President of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation argues that it would only target the upper-class. “I think the proponents, many of them of the graduated income tax really want to be able to raise taxes on the higher income people without having to raise taxes on everybody,” said President Michael Widmer.
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New study suggests overhauling state personal income tax could help with revenue

Sep 15 2014

By Philip Marcelo, AP / The Republic

Michael Widmer, a member of the Tax Fairness Commission who opposed the recommendation, says such an overhaul would only compound income inequality by discouraging business investment. The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed research group, he suggested more "modest" changes to the tax code, such as raising the value of certain tax exemptions for individuals and married couples. "That goes directly to the spending power of that person on the lower end that's living in a high cost state and trying to make ends meet," Widmer said.
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WEEKLY ROUNDUP - FIRE AWAY

Aug 31 2014

By Andy Metzger, Cape Cod Today / State House news Service

News of the state's ongoing negotiations to secure a five-year federal waiver was less forthcoming. The waiver dates back to 1997, undergirds Massachusetts efforts at providing universal health care and health care cost control, and represents the biggest fiscal risk in the near future, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer. The current, short-term waiver expires Sept. 12. The Patrick administration is mum about what's up for discussion, but experts told the News Service that urban hospital funding, the length of the waiver, and cost-sharing issues are likely fueling the talks.
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Meals tax has generated $357M in state revenue

Aug 31 2014

By Gerry Tuoti and Marc Larocque, Taunton Daily Gazette

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can be important.
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Meals tax brings $650,000 to Norwood

Aug 11 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, Norwood transcript

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can be important.
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Meals tax a boon for towns

Aug 11 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, MetroWest Daily News

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can be useful. "It has been an important factor in recession and recovery when it filled in cuts to state aid," she said. "And if a city or town is bumping against property tax limits, it’s an important source of additional revenue to them."
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Brockton, towns cash in on meals tax

Aug 5 2014

By Ed Donga, The Enterprise

Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that while local meals tax revenue typically makes up a small percentage of local budgets, it can still be important. “It has been an important factor in the recession and recovery when it filled in cuts to state aid,” she said. “And if a city or town is bumping against property tax limits, it’s an important source of additional revenue to them.”
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