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As Massachusetts Governor, Romney Was Often Away

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Oct 13 2012

By Danny Hakim, The New York Times

“He would make punch lines making fun of Massachusetts, and that was not widely appreciated,” said Michael J. Widmer, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed public policy group. “He was traveling so much the last two years, his most active period was really just two years. It’s tough enough for governors to get something done in four years, let alone two.”
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Surplus is focus of campaign battle

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May 24 2010

By Brian C. Mooney, The Boston Globe

Longtime fiscal watchdog Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, agreed, criticizing the Internet ad produced by Baker's campaign. "There are vastly more moving pieces that [Baker] leaves out of the ad, so the ad is misleading,'' Widmer said. "I don't think it's accurate to say Patrick inherited a surplus, even on the basis of the numbers used in the ad.''
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Vow to add jobs appears doomed

Dec 18 2008

By Robert Gavin, The Boston Globe

"In an economic recovery, 100,000 jobs was a modest goal," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan research group in Boston. "In a recession, it's an impossibility."
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