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Baker pitches plan to build state's reserve fund

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Mar 3 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

The current process for depositing funds into the rainy day fund has two shortcomings, MTF said. "First, capital gains revenues that have been far different from initial projections has caused budget problems," MTF wrote in its assessment of Baker's fiscal 2018 proposal. "Second, the deposit isn't made until the end of the fiscal year and it has proven tempting for budget-makers to suspend the deposit from ever occurring if budget challenges arise." But the governor's proposed new method, MTF said, "instills fiscal discipline, makes the practice more transparent and increases the likelihood that the deposits will be made."
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Baker, business leaders are at odds on health care

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Feb 18 2017

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

The Baker administration backs up its argument with a chart that shows a 16-percent increase in full-time workers between 2011 and 2015 who were not on employer-sponsored insurance. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has launched its own research to pinpoint the reasons for surging MassHealth costs. “What the administration was implying was that employers were cutting back on their coverage,” said Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president. “The MTF is questioning the causal link that the administration is suggesting between the growth in MassHealth and the drop of employer-sponsored insurance.”
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo: Revisit Gov. Baker’s cuts in another month

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Feb 10 2017

By Colin A. Young and Antonio Caban, State House News Service / The Telegram

"I think it's probably premature to do anything to undo the solutions at this point," said Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Being 0.2 percent below benchmark for the year, Howgate said, is "not horrible" but revenues are "not doing a whole lot better" or worse than expected.
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Baker prepares for ACA repeal, but budgets for status quo

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Jan 27 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Daily News

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the uncertainty around the ACA left the administration without many good options as it prepared its budget. “It’s tough, and I think that the health care landscape is very tumultuous and no one really knows, right, we don’t have a crystal ball, and so you have to go forward under the law as it is today and try to work as best you can,” she said. “I don’t envy the administration for that, because it is a particularly trying time in health care.”
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Chicopee School officials call for budget freeze to save for next year

Jan 26 2017

By Jeanette DeForge, MassLive

In this year's state budget, Chapter 70 aid rose by more than $116 million, or 2.6 percent, and unrestricted aid by $42 million, or 4.3 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, according to State House News Service.
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Baker Proposes $40 Billion Budget That Would Restore Parts Of Original Mass. Health Reform Law

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Jan 26 2017

By Steve Brown, WBUR

While applauding the move to restore money to the rainy day fund and the focus on health care costs, Eileen McAnneny of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is not so sure about charging businesses who don't cover their workers. "I think the governor rightfully pointed out the differences between the Massachusetts health care reform law and the ACA," she said. "But I'm not sure that assessment is the appropriate move, but I look forward to having that debate and that dialogue."
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Taxpayer group: Lawmaker pay hike adds to challenges

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Jan 26 2017

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

While the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation's president on Tuesday expressed concern about the expense associated with the sweeping pay hike package, a former Republican governor said he would sign it were he in the governor's shoes. "We do have a concern that we would add to a deficit at a time that the state has fiscal challenges," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said Tuesday.
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Baker budget proposal seeks to return to pre-ACA health care options

Jan 25 2017

By Lauren Dezenski, Politico

“I think returning to the Massachusetts model would certainly be helpful for the commonwealth,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the right-leaning Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, adding, “I don’t envy the administration ... it is a particularly trying time in health care.”
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Gov. Charlie Baker defends proposed $2,000-per-worker health insurance fee

Jan 25 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the focus on health care costs "is very necessary and long overdue." But McAnneny said she has reservations about the employer assessment. "Having a $300 million new assessment on employers is a big amount by any measure," McAnneny said. McAnneny said the problem is with the ACA for letting someone who is offered employer-based coverage take MassHealth. "Essentially, employers are being held accountable for decisions made at a federal level," McAnneny said.
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Attleboro area lawmakers balk at pay hike

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Jan 25 2017

By Jim Hand, The Chronicle

Prior to the vote, Eileen McAnneny, head of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the state should offer salaries comparable to other states, with the cost of the raises offset by spending cuts. "It is vital that we don't further add to the deficit. Therefore, we agree with the recommendation of the special advisory commission that any increases should be absorbed within the existing budgets for the respective agencies, and not add to the bottom line," she said. "In other words, the cost of these raises will come at the expense of something else."
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