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Pennsylvania tech sector rallies against proposed tax

May 9 2017

By Courtney Linder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Connecticut taxes computer services at 1 percent, Hawaii and South Dakota at 4 percent, and New Mexico at 5 percent, according to a 2013 study by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The independent research organization created a 50-state database to compare tech taxes after Massachusetts’ 2014 budget proposal introduced what would have been the most burdensome tech tax in the country, Mr. Kennedy said.
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State falls short on tax revenue. Way short. Again.

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May 3 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said closing the gap “will be incredibly difficult to do with so little time left in the fiscal year” and given that policy makers have put tapping the state’s emergency, or rainy day, fund effectively off limits. She said the implications for the next fiscal year are equally problematic. That budget assumes an almost 4 percent growth in revenue, “an assumption that now appears increasingly unrealistic and makes it likely that lawmakers will once again need to strip hundreds of millions of dollars from the budget during negotiations.”
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Mass. House adds $77M to budget

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Apr 27 2017

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reported that the House budget weighed out at $40.8 billion, about $80 million less than Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.9 billion bottom line. The foundation includes in its bottom line calculations of a $450 million transfer to a medical assistance trust fund. The report said the House budget spends less than the governor's proposal because "the House underfunds several major programs that will likely require supplemental spending later in the fiscal year."
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House Backs $40B State Budget, Senate Up Next

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Apr 26 2017

AP / CBS Boston

According to an analysis on Wednesday from the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House added nearly $78 million in spending across 138 separate line items before sending the budget on to the Senate.
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Payments surge over first half of biggest collection month

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Apr 22 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, also cautioned against drawing conclusions based on mid-month data. "Certainly you'd rather be doing well than not doing well," he said.

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In $40.3 billion budget proposal, idea of health care fee embraced

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Apr 10 2017

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

But as the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted, the change has faced criticism, including from retailers "whose remittance processes are complicated by this measure," as well as from banks and credit card companies who would be required to remit sales tax on a daily basis. "These concerns, along with concerns related to implementation costs and collection accuracy, have led other states to reject similar measures," MTF officials wrote in a policy briefing.
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Lawmakers will consider major increase to state education funding formula

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Apr 10 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The major problem is a lack of available money. The state budget is already tight. If fully implemented, the report's recommendations could cost the state more than $1 billion extra each year. "Right now, there really isn't a way for the state to pay for this new ongoing cost," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed group.
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House to release rewrite of Gov. Baker’s fiscal year 2018 budget

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Apr 10 2017

By Ashley Afonso, 22WWLP

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Baker’s that proposal, and three other tax law changes would generate $127 million in revenue, most of it from sales taxes.
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Keller @ Large: Eileen McAnneny Talks Taxes

Apr 9 2017

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

It’s tax season, so Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to talk about how our taxes are being used on Beacon Hill, and what the prospects are for our state’s economy and for tax revenues.
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A duel between tax plans

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Apr 7 2017

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

A sales tax reduction to 5 percent would cost the state $1.2 billion, while a 4.5 percent rate would mean a $1.7 billion revenue loss, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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