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Patrick, facing shortfall, proposes $329m in cuts

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Nov 20 2014

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is also predicting the deficit for the current fiscal year could run into the $500 to $600 million range. Shor said the Patrick administration had not consulted with Gov.-elect Charlie Baker on the cuts and had no immediate fallback position in case the Legislature balked at some of the proposals.
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Deval Patrick proposes cuts to local aid as part of $329 million in Massachusetts budget reductions

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Nov 20 2014

By Shira Schoenberg, Masslive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a think tank that deals with fiscal issues, estimates that the budget gap is even larger – $500 million to $600 million. Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the foundation, said that estimate is based on factors like the rate of corporate tax settlements and costs for health and retirement benefits for employees and retirees.
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Governor orders cuts to close budget shortfall

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Nov 20 2014

By Bob Salsberg, AP / South Coast Today

Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent budget watchdog, said he was surprised by the proposed local aid reduction. "I think the (local aid) cuts are something that are going to impact the cities and towns, and they are obviously not going to be happy halfway through the fiscal year trying to figure out how to manage that," Bagley said.
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Deval Patrick plans to slash $66M from aid to cities, towns

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Nov 20 2014

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted lawmakers have “never historically decided to go for” cuts to local aid.
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Governor proposes $329 million in midyear state budget cuts

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Nov 20 2014

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

But the problem could be larger than the Patrick administration’s estimates. Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which tracks state finances, said the true budget gap could be $500 million to $600 million.
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Patrick proposes $25.5M local aid cut

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Nov 20 2014

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

Andrew Bagley, research director at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the foundation continues to believe that the budget gap could be wider than projected by the Patrick administration, citing Group Insurance Commission, state retirement fund and one-time tax settlement exposures that could push the shortfall closer to $500 million or $600 million before next July.
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My Turn: Why are conservatives so frightened by ObamaCare?

Nov 17 2014

By Davy Jones, The Examiner

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.”
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Judge's retirement deal comes under fire

Nov 14 2014

AP / The Sun Chronicle

But Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer says it "illustrates the all-too-common problem of stretching the system for personal gain at taxpayers' expense."
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Voters aren’t against taxes; they’re against unfairness

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Nov 13 2014

By Renée Loth, The Boston Globe

Some 300,000 residents were shifted onto a “temporary’’ Medicaid plan when the state’s health exchange rollout collapsed, and it isn’t clear when the federal government will reimburse the state or for how much. “The state could be on the hook for hundreds of millions” in that fiasco, said Michael Widmer, director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers’ Foundation.
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Judge profited, despite his absence from bench

Nov 13 2014

By Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe

However, taxpayer watchdogs criticized Johnson’s work this year as a waste of scarce resources. “Whatever the rationale in this particular case,” said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer, “it illustrates the all-too-common problem of stretching the system for personal gain at taxpayers’ expense.”
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