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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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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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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. "Should the Legislature reject the Governor's proposed amendment to couple long-term MassHealth reforms with a temporary assessment on employers, the Legislature will need to find $283 million elsewhere ($200 million from the assessment in addition to the $83 million in MassHealth savings) a task that will be difficult on top of the spending reductions already made in Conference," the foundation wrote. "The Legislature's approach to the Governor's proposal will be pivotal to the state's fiscal condition in the months ahead."

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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. “We’re suggesting the state needs to free up resources so they can spend it on other priorities,” McAnneny said, arguing things like housing also impact people’s health.
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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. “They didn't take any money out of the rainy day fund, and that’s critically important because we’re still in a period of economic recovery … The second thing is, this time around, they actually did make some cuts to spending, so they’re not relying just on sweeping trust fund accounts or some other things–they’re actually taking some costs out of the budget that was originally introduced.”
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