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QUICK TAKE FROM A SMART PERSON ABOUT OUR $40 BILLION BUDGET

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Apr 5 2017

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: “Clearly, this is unnerving. Given the experience last year, the state needs to operate under the assumption that tax collections will fall short of expectations for the fiscal year and that shortfall will need to be actively managed.”
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Faced with decades-long decline in state aid, communities confront need for additional revenue

Mar 30 2017

By Jenna Fisher, Lexington Wicked Local

This fiscal year, for the first time in 20 years, local aid is less than 20 percent of all municipal revenue, according to a report from the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. The portion of municipal revenue that is local aid has decreased over the past nine years, the foundation reported.
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Officials say state must address runaway MassHealth costs

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Mar 26 2017

By Sarah Toy, The Telegram

Eileen McAnneny, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, agreed, saying that it was not clear the growth in MassHealth was solely due to a decline in employer-sponsored insurance. “The solution shouldn’t be just for employers to pay more,” she said. “There are more factors involved that need to be considered.”
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Watchdog: Mass. health care needs a cure — regardless of national situation

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Mar 24 2017

By Richie Davis, The Recorder

Eileen McAnneny, who heads the fiscal watchdog and advocacy organization, apologized for painting a gloomy picture for the 100 Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members at their breakfast meeting Friday. “Massachusetts is facing a trifecta of fiscal issues,” with slowing economic growth, a mushrooming of mandatory expenses like pensions, borrowing interest, collective bargaining and especially MassHealth, and it doesn’t have enough of a cushion in its stabilization fund, said McAnneny.
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Baker health insurance assessment alternative would hit more employers

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Mar 23 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Telegram

"The alternative proposal is preferable in the sense that it is temporary, spreads a much smaller assessment over a larger segment of the employer population and would provide some relief on unemployment insurance bills for employers. However, like the governor's proposal, there are real equity issues with it," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny told the News Service in a statement. "In both cases, employers who offer health insurance and do not contribute to the growth in MassHealth are being required to pay for it and that fact makes a consensus solution very difficult to reach," McAnneny said.
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Mass. should wait on $2K business healthcare assessment

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Mar 20 2017

By Eileen McAnneny, WBJournal

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is a strong proponent of reducing healthcare costs, and we have repeatedly warned that the growth in MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, is crowding out spending on other priorities, yet we have been critical of the Governor Charlie Baker's proposed fair share assessment on employers. Why is that? Quite simply, the fair share assessment is the wrong solution for taming growth in MassHealth, which now insures almost 2 million residents or 30 percent of the commonwealth's total population. Because of its broad application, the assessment will apply to many employers whose employees do not utilize the MassHealth program, doing little to address the underlying growth trend, while making healthcare costs even more unaffordable for employers and employees.
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On Beacon Hill: Fingers crossed as Trump turmoil tests budget makers

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Mar 12 2017

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

Since floating the idea in his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, the business community, with whom the governor is traditionally allied, has pushed back hard, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, as reported by State House News Service, is preparing an analysis that will claim the assessment is based on a “flawed premise.”
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‘Other ideas’ welcome to fight MassHealth costs

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Mar 9 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Telegram

The business community - including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation - has panned Baker's proposal as an unfair penalty and claim it is based on a faulty premise.
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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Mar 8 2017

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

But Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed government watchdog, said Baker should seek an extension of the Pacheco Law suspension to continue the progress at the T. “Suspension of the Pacheco law has proven to be a valuable tool for the MBTA as the outsourcing of the cash collection and reconciliation and warehousing functions demonstrate,” she said in a statement. “The collaboration with Uber and Lyft in The Ride pilot program demonstrates how service delivery can be improved, costs can be reduced, and the customer experience made better when the T has the ability to partner with innovative third parties. Where the value of Pacheco suspension is most apparent is the successful negotiation of the most recent Carmen’s union contract. In previous attempts, the negotiations have ended in arbitration. In the most recent round, the Carmen’s union was incented to reach a mutually agreeable deal or run the risk of losing the work. Despite the numerous successes the administration has had in reducing operating expenses, more work remains and the T should retain the ability to outsource when it makes sense to do so.”
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Bleak state revenue report means December cuts may stand

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Mar 6 2017

By Matt Murphy and Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Telegram

Calling it "pretty considerable" for February revenue collections to fall 9.1 percent below the monthly benchmark, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said the state needs to "pay close attention" to determine if the shortfall is an aberration or the start of a trend.
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