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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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Baker won’t commit to health care assessments

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Jul 10 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

Led by groups like Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the coalition called for the “rapid approval of the reform package in its entirety by the end of July.” “On its own, the employer assessment negatively impacts thousands of businesses around the state. That impact is only acceptable as one part of a broader package that begins to address underlying health care costs,” they wrote.
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Baker to raid trust funds to finalize last year’s budget

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Jul 8 2017

By Andy Metzger and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Dedham Transcript

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation in June predicted that trust fund balances might be eyed to plug holes in the state budget. “About $200 million in trust fund sweeps were used to closeout FY 2016 and will likely be part of the approach to end FY 2017 in balance; however, because trust revenues have been relied upon so heavily in recent years it means that fewer are available for use in FY 2018,” the foundation reported.
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State budget includes new fees on businesses to help the state pay for health care costs

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Jul 7 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

“When the administration was seeking support for their package, they made it clear to the employer community that they would accept this as a package only,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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