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Late budget isn't a ‘governance weakness’

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Jul 10 2019

By Heath Fahle, CommonWealth Magazine

There should be no doubt that late budgets cause problems, though not the problems cited by Moody’s. For example, Moody’s worried that local governments would not receive monthly payments. The Commonwealth’s interim budget legislation is brief (less than 250 words), but it authorizes local aid payments explicitly.
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Keller @ Large: What Encore Boston Harbor Opening Means For Tax Revenue

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Jun 23 2019

By Jon Keller, WBZ

BOSTON (CBS) – Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller this week on Keller @ Large to discuss the state of tax issues in the state.

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Will state’s bet on Encore casino pay off? We’re about to find out

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Jun 22 2019

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Casino revenue is “not a panacea,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal watchdog group. “Nor will it solve the Commonwealth’s long-term fiscal challenges by any stretch,” though it could help fund new or supplement existing services.

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Boston business leaders weigh in on second go-around for a ‘millionaire’s tax’

Jun 15 2019

By Kalina Newman, South Coast Today

The MTF statement cited doubts over whether the estimated $2 billion in tax revenue would go towards the proposed transportation and education, or would even materialize at all. ″[T]he power to appropriate revenue in the state budget rests solely within the Legislature and cannot be guaranteed in the constitution,” according to the statement.
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Mass. business groups lay out ed reform wish list

Jun 13 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / MetroWest Daily News

The letter, circulated by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and signed by groups including Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, said employers are reporting trouble finding qualified candidates for open jobs while students are graduating unprepared to secure those positions.

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Baker urges high tech leaders to help in housing, education

Jun 10 2019

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation echoed the message from Anderson in an analysis released Monday where the group concluded that the millionaires tax was not "sound tax policy." The foundation also said the estimated $1.9 million in new tax revenue was "unlikely" to materialize due to the mobility of wealthy taxpayers and the volatility of capital gains taxes.
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For ‘millionaires tax,’ debate rages on

May 24 2019

By Kalina Newman, The Metrowest Daily News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded public policy organization, has been vocal in its opposition and views the tax as a “far-reaching and unguided experiment that risks the state’s economic well-being.” The MTF statement expressed doubts over whether the estimated $2 billion in tax revenue would go toward the proposed transportation and education, or would even material
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Prop 2 1/2 overrides disappearing, but taxpayers still pay

May 20 2019

By Eli Sherman, Wicked Local

But within the last decade, new construction and rising property values have helped boost local revenue, offsetting a declining share of state aid provided to municipalities, which fell to 19 percent of municipal revenue in fiscal 2018 compared to 28 percent in fiscal 1999, according to a 2019 report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Report details shortcomings at local public health agencies

May 7 2019

By Michael P. Norton and Colin A. Young, State House News Service / The Metrowest Daily News

State Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, who chaired the Special Commission on Local and Regional Health, which produced the report, visited Beacon Hill on Tuesday to release a summary of the report and the commission’s recommendations.
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Are there enough gamblers to keep Bay State casinos in business?

May 6 2019

By Bob Dumas, Boston 25 News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the state will reap close to $300 million in FY2020.
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April tax haul could fatten state savings account

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May 6 2019

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Taunton Daily Gazette

Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said legislators should not spend the possible surplus on operating budget expenses, but rather save it toward the next “milestone” of $3 billion in reserves, or use it to pay down debt and pension liabilities and invest in one-time priorities like fixing the state’s transportation system or preparing for climate change.
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Jobs, local aid set to flow from Everett casino

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May 1 2019

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

In a report published Wednesday, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the state is "essentially on pace" to collect its anticipated $138 million in gaming revenue this fiscal year and can expect to collect $294 million in fiscal year 2020, which will begin about a week after Encore Boston Harbor's anticipated opening date.
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Editorial: House budget holds the line, but for how long?

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Apr 20 2019

The Boston Globe

But as the Taxpayers Foundation points out, there are also some trip wires out there — items perpetually underfunded. When Administration and Finance Secretary Mike Heffernan announced the governor was putting in $100 million for snow and ice removal, his staff cheered — because, of course, that account is always underfunded.
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Capital gains eyed by state rep. as way to boost revenue

Apr 19 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said lawmakers should be "very careful" in considering changes to the capital gains tax rate, warning of potential unintended consequences like discouraging people from investing or saving. McAnneny noted that money a person invests has often already been taxed when it is earned as income.
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Lawmakers seek $10M to avoid UMass tuition increase

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Apr 18 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Daily News

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Ways and Means budget bumps higher education funding $55 million above this year's spending levels, with $40 million in additional support for UMass and $12 million for state universities and community colleges, "primarily associated with collectively bargained increases in wages and salaries."
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On budget planning, be cautious

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Apr 10 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE’S House Ways and Means Committee will unveil on Wednesday its budget proposal for state fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1.
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Editorial: Should Massachusetts continue its film tax credit?

Apr 5 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is an opponent of the film tax credits for two primary reasons: the inefficiency of the credit and the sub-optimal use of limited taxpayer resources.
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Our view: When an override works

Mar 19 2019

The Sun Chronicle

Of late, though, overrides have become less popular statewide, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is, despite its folksy title, a group representing business interests. The association’s annual financial data report on municipal government found last year set a record for the fewest number of overrides.
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Latest economic reports are cautionary tales

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Mar 5 2019

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says she’s not worried about this year. But the slowdown in growth could make it harder to budget for the fiscal period that begins July 1. In many ways, McAnneny says, we’re living on borrowed time with this decadelong recovery.

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For emergency departments, incredible crowding can be normal

Mar 2 2019

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

While the number of overall emergency department visits has been declining in the state, Massachusetts residents still use them at a rate 11 percent higher than the US average. “We’re trending in the wrong direction if we’re expanding,’’ said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is part of the coalition.
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Viewpoint: Businesses must play role in fighting addiction epidemic

Feb 28 2019

By Michael Botticelli, Boston Business Journal

Two recent studies commissioned by RIZE Massachusetts show how widespread the effect is on the Massachusetts workforce and economy. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the cost at nearly $5 billion in lost productivity and increased health care spending.
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Five transportation assignments for Legislature

Feb 19 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

A shared commitment by business and legislative leadership and other stakeholders to making measurable progress on the Commonwealth’s transportation agenda in the next 2-3 years with the commission’s report serving as the road map could be revolutionary indeed.
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Our view: Time to plan for tough times is now

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Feb 11 2019

Gloucester Daily Times

“With April being the largest month for tax collections, it is unlikely policymakers will have significantly more information about tax revenue available before the House and Senate budgets are published in the spring,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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‘Millionaire tax’ amendment rises again at Statehouse

Feb 10 2019

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Boston Herald

“It’s a different process and I think they’re right,” said Eileen McAnnenny, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because this is not a citizen’s petition the prohibitions don’t apply.”
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MTF: COLLECTIONS THROW UP "YELLOW LIGHT" ON SPENDING

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Feb 6 2019

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said Wednesday that with revenues trailing fiscal 2019 budget benchmarks by $400 million with five months left in the fiscal year, the state this year may be on track to make a smaller deposit into its rainy day fund than expected.
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Baker’s budget proposal will include changes to education funding formula

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Jan 23 2019

By Matt Stout and Victoria McGrane, The Boston Globe

The proposal speaks to the importance and the urgency around climate change mitigation, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. But that its champion is Baker, a Republican who has signed but generally not proposed tax hikes in the past, signals an approach to starting conversations about revenue “that we didn’t see in the first term, for sure,” she said.
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State payroll climbs to $7.2 billion last year

Jan 16 2019

By Matt Rocheleau, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the spike in six-figure earners raised questions, as did the increases in overtime spending.
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A recap and analysis of the week in state government

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Dec 13 2018

Market Screener

"While the time and severity of the next economic downturn is unknowable, by historic markers, we are on borrowed time," Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny told the House and Senate Ways and Means committees at this year's consensus revenue hearing.

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Employers push education to reduce ER visits

Dec 12 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"Not all that's broken in our health care system can be fixed legislatively," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, who co-chairs the coalition with Rick Lord, the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
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Big question for lawmakers: When will downturn come?

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Dec 6 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, whose prepared testimony was titled “Are the Good Times Already Over?”, urged budget-writers to be cautious of “pre-recession warning signs” in labor markets, home sales, the auto industry, business investments and oil prices.
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Our view: Saving for a rainy day

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Dec 6 2018

Gloucester Daily Times

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said there are already “pre-recession warning signs” everywhere from labor markets to the oil industry. “By historic markers, we are on borrowed time,” she said.
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Massachusetts budget experts predict slow tax revenue growth in FY2020

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Dec 5 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the right-leaning Beacon Hill Institute both predicted slightly higher tax revenue growth of around 2.4 percent, representing total revenues in the range of $29.5 billion to $30.3 billion. Massachusetts has an aging workforce.
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Groups urge performance-based funding for colleges

Dec 4 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily News

The state ditched performance-based funding for community colleges several years ago, but a new report recommends taking another look at the system. The report released Tuesday by the Boston Foundation and Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the approach showed signs of success during the three years it was used.
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Coming Up: Yet Another State Report On Transportation Needs

Dec 1 2018

By Bob Salsberg, AP / WBUR

An analysis last year by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation showed capital spending on transportation doubled in the 10 years following that report, and the state spent $16 billion on roads and bridges. Still, infrastructure woes have persisted and in some cases mounted, in part due to the failure of the Boston-area transit system known as the T to curtail operating expenses, the group said.
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Report Adds Up Toll of Opioids

Nov 26 2018

By Chris Lovett, BNN News

Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, talks about it report on the cost of the opioid crisis, in human, economic, and fiscal terms. Interview for BNN News.
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Narcan Made Available at Construction Sites Amid Opioid Crisis

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Nov 19 2018

By Caroline Connolly, NECN

Last week, a report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation found that businesses in the state have been losing billions annually due to absent or unproductive workers who are addicted to opioids. According to Botticelli, companies like Shawmut can help turn things around.
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'We Can't Afford to Not Take Action': Leaders Discuss Economic Impact of Opioid Crisis

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Nov 16 2018

By Caroline Connolly, NBC 10

According to a report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, employers have lost likely more than $2.5 billion annually due to employees who skip work or underperform because of their addiction. In addition, treating those people through opioid programs and services across systems in Massachusetts is estimated to be at least $5.5 billion.
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Opioid epidemic costing Massachusetts employers billions

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Nov 14 2018

By Colin Young, The Telegram / State House News Service

“MTF hopes this report catalyzes greater urgency and engagement from all segments of our society in the battle against the scourge of this epidemic — particularly among Massachusetts employers — by exploring and explaining the economic and fiscal impacts of the opioid epidemic on the state,” the group wrote. “We have no illusions that this crisis is fundamentally about economics.
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Report: Opioid epidemic keeps jobs unfilled

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Nov 14 2018

WBJournal

According to a new report, the opioid epidemic is costing Massachusetts businesses more than $2.5 billion annually. The report from Boston public policy nonprofit Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said that figure comes from lost productivity and absenteeism and presenteeism.
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New Study Says Opioid Epidemic Is Costing Massachusetts Economy Billions

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Nov 14 2018

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

The study from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation puts the cost to the state’s economy at $7 billion in lost business productivity. The report concludes the opioid crisis is far from over and is likely to get worse, as more lethal synthetic drugs such as fentanyl proliferate. The foundation is hosting a forum Friday in Boston on the opioid epidemic.
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Report: Opioid Epidemic Cost Massachusetts $15.2 Billion In 2017

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Nov 14 2018

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

"They're staggering," says Eileen McAnneny, MTF president, of the dollars spent on hospital care, EMTs, early intervention for infants and families, jails and the job productivity forfeited by individuals and employers. "We wanted folks to get a sense of the pervasiveness. It really impacts all major areas: health care, criminal justice, public safety and businesses."
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Report: Opioid crisis costing state $2.5B a year

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Nov 14 2018

By Steve LeBlanc, Daily Hampshire Gazette / AP

“There’s an old business school adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, so we thought that quantifying the cost and providing a sense of the magnitude would motivate employers to engage more on this issue,” said foundation president Eileen McAnneny.
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Report shows opioid crisis is costing Mass. workforce billions in lost productivity

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Nov 14 2018

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

The taxpayers foundation estimates that opioid addiction kept nearly 33,000 people from participating in the labor force each year, on average, over the past five years. And the annual costs to health care providers total nearly $1 billion, some of which is paid by the taxpayer-funded MassHealth and other insurance programs.
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State's rainy day account rebounds

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Nov 14 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily Times

"We have made tremendous progress, but we really need to have a bigger cushion," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The rainy day fund’s balance compared to the state's $41 billion operating budget — the most common metric of a reserve fund’s health — is about 4.9 percent, she said.
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Baystate Business: Opioid Impact

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Nov 14 2018

Bloomberg

On the Wednesday, November 14 edition of Bloomberg Baystate Business we spoke with Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, about their study on the economic impact of the opioid crisis on Massachusetts.
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Test lab not among seven pot licenses before CCC

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Jul 25 2018

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Sentinel and Enterprise

The fiscal 2019 state budget bill on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk counts on $63 million in legal marijuana taxes, a total the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says is unlikely to materialize. The foundation last week wrote in its analysis of the state budget bill that the marijuana licensing process "has proceeded more slowly than anticipated."
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$2 Rental Car Surcharge In Mass. Will Pay For Police Training

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Jul 25 2018

By Quincy Walters, WBUR

But the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eileen McAnneny, is concerned there will no longer be a routine review of spending on police training. "There's less accountability," she says. "It doesn't go through the annual budgeting process where lawmakers make a conscious choice to continue to fund it."
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Massachusetts ends fiscal year 2018 with $1.1 billion in extra tax revenue

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Jul 24 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"I think a sizable portion of it is due to federal tax reform, either directly or indirectly," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. McAnneny added that the economy is also doing well, although only time will tell how much of revenue is attributable to sustained economic growth rather than one-time money from the tax reform.
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Mass. raked in 8.6 percent more tax revenue than last year. But why?

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Jul 24 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“You have to give some credit where credit is due: A lot of this revenue is affiliated with federal tax reform in some way or another,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Slow Rollout Of Pot Sales Clouds Marijuana Tax Forecast

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Jul 23 2018

CBS Boston

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in an analysis of the new budget that it was unfortunate lawmakers did not lower marijuana revenue estimates, as they’re unlikely to hit the $63 million target.
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Slow rollout of pot sales may hit state tax revenue

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Jul 23 2018

The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in an analysis of the new budget that it was unfortunate lawmakers did not lower marijuana revenue estimates, as they’re unlikely to hit the $63 million target.
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Business groups raise alarm over bills to bolster community hospitals

Jul 20 2018

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, another business-backed group, said in a letter that legislators’ proposals would “significantly increase health care costs and create unintended care delivery consequences without providing an accountable or sustainable solution to price variation.”
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HomeNewsStory State budget deal struck; no new fees

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Jul 19 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he was not aware of an instance in the last 20 years or so in which a conference committee produced "just kind of an ad hoc increased number based on higher tax revenues." "I'm not familiar with anything like this year happening," he told the News Service.
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House, Senate fight over education funding for poor and immigrant students

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Jul 15 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated that the low-income and English language learner recommendations would cost another $500 million to $700 million. But Doug Howgate, director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, acknowledged that those are "back of the envelope" calculations.
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For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise

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Jul 14 2018

By Kay Lazar and Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe

“It sounds like there are a lot of resources that could be reallocated and we need to have that conversation,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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DeLeo: "Very difficult" to pass immigrant enforcement bill in House

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Jul 12 2018

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

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, budget negotiators face 185 non-spending Senate initiatives and 109 from the House. And while total spending in the two roughly $41.5 billion budgets differs by only $22 million, the budgets feature $304 million in unique House spending and $282 million in unique Senate spending, for a total of $586 million.
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Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay

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Jul 12 2018

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

According to the business-backed watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House-passed budget has 109 non-spending sections, while the Senate has 185. “As has been the case in recent years, the Senate budget includes significantly more policy provisions that the House,” the foundation said in a recent report.
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Our Opinion: Legislature's inexcusable July bottleneck of laws

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Jul 10 2018

The Berkshire Eagle

Both are heavily larded with non-spending "policy" riders, to the tune of 109 in the House version and 185 in the Senate's, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Creative accounting on Beacon Hill

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Jul 10 2018

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says industry assessments are not an ideal way of funding government services because the approach reduces spending accountability and hides the true cost of government.
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo suggests stripping policy riders from Massachusetts budget

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Jul 9 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

According to a summary by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Senate version of the state budget has 185 outside sections; the House has 109.
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State savings, spending to get a boost from projected $1.2 billion surplus

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Jul 7 2018

By Matt Murphy and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Telegram

Using a higher estimate might enable Democrats in the House and Senate to resolve differences over spending proposals. The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has also suggested an adjustment to the estimate might be warranted.
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State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected

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Jul 6 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

"Having revenues continue to exceed projections is welcome news,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because a large portion of this revenue is attributable to federal tax law changes, and may not be recurring, budget makers should still proceed with caution.”
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Op-Ed: Ruling on millionaire tax right one constitutionally

Jul 3 2018

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

AS A PLAINTIFF in the lawsuit Anderson v. Attorney General, I applaud the court’s decision, although I don’t consider myself or the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the organization that I represent, the winner. The real winner is our democracy.

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Mass. is one of just 2 states that hasn't passed a budget for this fiscal year

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Jul 2 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

According to the business-backed watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House-passed budget has 109 non-spending sections, while the Senate has 185. “As has been the case in recent years, the Senate budget includes significantly more policy provisions that the House,” the foundation said in a report last week.
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New fiscal year starts without state budget in place

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Jul 1 2018

AP / The Boston Herald

The House and Senate versions of the roughly $41 billion spending plan have similar bottom lines. But an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds about $500 million in differences in how the money should be spent.
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Capital gains windfall triggers $290M rainy day fund deposit

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Jun 29 2018

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

Capital gains taxes are assessed on investment gains and analysts have tied some portion of the spike in taxes to impacts of the new federal tax law. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation this week cautioned that a surge in sales of capital assets is temporary and can't be counted on for ongoing revenue.
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Spending, policy differences point to late state budget

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Jun 28 2018

By Colin A. Young and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Daily News

In a report released Tuesday, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) said revenue assumptions in the House and Senate budgets are similar, but there are “significant spending discrepancies between the two budgets.” If negotiators combined all new revenue sources from each budget, it would boost revenue by no more than $40 million — or about $228 million shy of the amount that would be
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The state is putting some decent cash into its rainy day fund. Finally

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Jun 28 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“It’s a great development,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We need to replenish the stabilization fund because it will provide the cushion we need for the next economic downturn,” she said, using the formal name for the rainy day account.
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Massachusetts will start FY19 without permanent budget

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Jun 28 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

According to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis, the two budgets are relatively similar in terms of revenue, although the Senate counts on getting money from taxing Airbnb and other short-term room rentals and also on taking money out of a horse racing fund, which the House does not.
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Lawmakers are looking at their own ‘millionaire’s tax,’ but it’s going to take a while

Jun 22 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“The income surtax petition has raised legal, fiscal and economic concerns for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation,” said Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president. While the high court’s ruling addressed the legal concerns, she said, “the fiscal and economic ones remain as does our apprehension of embedding a tax in the constitution.
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Editorial: Taxing online retailers helps Mass. coffers

Jun 22 2018

The Boston Globe

Those governments are now expected to swiftly start forcing online vendors to collect taxes. The Department of Revenue downplayed Thursday the potential impact on state revenues, but Eileen McAnneny, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the additional tax collections now could reach “potentially in the hundreds of millions.”
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Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Millionaire’s Tax

Jun 19 2018

By Aaron Nicodemus, BNA / Bloomberg

‘Logrolling’ Argument: Representatives for the business groups—Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership—had argued that the amendment paired an unpopular provision (the graduated income tax) with two popular ones
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With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education?

Jun 19 2018

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

“We are not opposed to all taxes,” added Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and whose group was a plaintiff in the SJC case. “In fact, we have supported new revenue for transportation and we will likely do so again.” But if Beacon Hill is going to raise taxes, McAnneny said lawmakers have got to build voter support and show why more money is necessary.
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Supreme Judicial Court turns down surtax on annual household incomes over $1M

Jun 19 2018

By Jennifer Zarate, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation was one of five plaintiffs that challenged the ballot initiative, finding it "unconstitutional." President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eileen McAnneny, told 22News, "It went far beyond the policy question of whether we should raise taxes on a subset of taxpayers. We opposed that for a number of reasons, but this question was not about that."
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Proposed 'Millionaire Tax' Struck Down By Massachusetts High Court

Jun 18 2018

By Steve Brown, New England Public Radio

Attorney General Maura Healey ruled last year that the proposed amendment to the state’s constitution was legal, and qualified for the ballot, but opponents including executives from Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts High Technology Council and others disagreed.
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SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Michael Jonas, CommonWealth Magazine

he Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, one of five plaintiffs challenging the ballot question, hailed the ruling. “Today is a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers because the court has upheld the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process,” Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president, said in a statement.
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‘Millionaire Tax’ Ballot Question Struck Down in MA

Jun 18 2018

By Jack Huffman, Courthouse News Service

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation meanwhile celebrated the ruling for backing “the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process.” “By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make delibe
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Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Jun 18 2018

AP / The Montreal Gazatte

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which joined in the lawsuit, said after the ruling that Monday was “a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers,” because the court had upheld longstanding limitations on ballot questions.
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Scratches 'Millionaires Tax' From The Ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

One of the plaintiffs in the suit, Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is very pleased with the court’s decision. "There were enormous fiscal, legal, and economic implications of this ballot initiative, so I am very glad the court found in our favor," said McAnneny.
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Relief and dismay as court strikes down millionaire's tax ballot question

Jun 18 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called it a "great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers." "By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state's ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices," McAnneny
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Reaction to SJC's tax ruling runs gamut from jubilation to outrage

Jun 18 2018

State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"This case was not about whether a graduated income tax is good public policy or bad public policy, it was about how the proponents tried to achieve it -- a method in direct violation of the Constitution under which the Legislature's deliberative taxing and spending authority would have been severely limited.

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Pension and a paycheck: State may loosen ‘double dipping’ rules

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May 31 2018

By Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group, said lawmakers have to beware of unintended consequences but added the proposal could help.
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Beacon Hill moves to raise $50 million in fees on rental cars, real estate transactions

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May 31 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Doug Howgate of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the group estimates the total new annual revenue from the car rental fee and community preservation surcharge alone would be in the range of $35 million to $50 million. “That’s a lot of money,” he said.
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WBUR Poll: Ballot Questions On Sales Tax Rollback And 'Millionaire's Tax' Maintain High Support

May 31 2018

By Steve Brown, WBUR

When it comes to the millionaire's tax, Eileen McAnneny, president and secretary of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she's concerned about volatility, as well as revenues drying up in economic downturns. "So you build in a billion dollars more in education, and the money is there one year, and it's not the next," she said.
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Mass. business groups, insurers form coalition to save $100M in health care costs

May 30 2018

By Boston Business Journal, Jessica Bartlett

“As an organization dedicated to the long-term economic and fiscal health of the Commonwealth, the Foundation recognizes the need to address the costs of health care by taking unnecessary cost out of the system,” said Taxpayers Foundation president Eileen McAnneny, who will co-chair the coalition.
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Mass. businesses want to reduce unnecessary ER visits by 20 percent

May 30 2018

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said employer groups will create a toolkit that explains “in plain English” the different locations where their workers can get medical care, and the different costs of those sites. “I think this is the start of something big,” McAnneny said of the initiative.
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Business groups seek reduction in avoidable ER visits

May 30 2018

AP / The Boston Herald

While the majority ER visits are necessary and often live-saving, business leaders say many less critical medical needs can be handled more effectively — and at a significantly lower cost — in other settings such as primary care practices or retail urgent care clinics. The coalition will be led by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Business coalition wants to reduce ER visits by 20%

May 30 2018

State House News Service / WBJournal

"As an organization dedicated to the long-term economic and fiscal health of the Commonwealth, the Foundation recognizes the need to address the costs of health care by taking unnecessary cost out of the system," McAnneny said in a statement.
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Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

May 30 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Our plan is to provide employers with a toolkit, which will include appropriate information communicated in plain English about the most appropriate sites for care, why that's important, and how it impacts premiums," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Senate approves $41.5B state budget for upcoming fiscal year

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May 25 2018

AP / The Boston Herald

Senators added $75.5 million in spending during the three days of debate, much of it in earmarks for local projects, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Senate unveils $41 billion state budget proposal

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May 10 2018

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

“This year, the similarities among the proposals outnumber the differences, which could be due in part to the small amount of discretionary dollars available,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Nurses ask voters to set patient limits

May 3 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily Times

It also includes the state's four largest business advocacy groups — Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
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Sanchez: MassHealth state's 'largest economic development initiative'

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Apr 24 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Daily News

State spending has roughly doubled in the past 20 years. MassHealth, at $16.5 billion, accounts for 41 percent of spending, with much of that money flowing to health care providers. According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, MassHealth spending grows by $518 million, the largest increase in any area of state spending, in the House budget proposal.
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Education activists plan to jam State House phone lines in noon hour

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Apr 23 2018

By Colin A. Young, State House News Service / WWLP

House lawmakers have filed 1,400 amendments to the spending plan, of which 1,049 have a quantifiable fiscal impact that would total $3.1 billion if all are adopted, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Last year, the House adopted amendments adding $77.7 million in spending to the budget.
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Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question

Apr 12 2018

By Margeaux Sippell, The Boston Globe

“Health-care costs are already a burden for many families and employers across Massachusetts,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the Taxpayers Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “Massachusetts should use its health-care dollars to focus on more pressing priorities, like mental health care and addiction treatment, rather than this self-serving ballot initiative,” she said.
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House bumps local aid; seeks new audit of State Police in $41B budget proposal

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Apr 11 2018

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Boston Herald

While House leaders touted areas of investment, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently cautioned that a growing portion of state revenues are being consumed by a few priorities, leaving a lot less money for lawmakers to invest in programs important to their constituents.
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Massachusetts state budget faces uncertainty over 2018 ballot questions

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Apr 11 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said lawmakers should establish a contingency plan in case the income tax question is not passed and the sales tax question passes. The foundation said one important step would be to commit a large amount of money to the state's rainy day fund and put any surplus money from this year into the rainy day fund.
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Tax could deflate state's economy

Mar 15 2018

The Eagle Tribune

The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told the assembled lunchtime crowd that the state's economy was strong. What's more, the economic recovery has lasted longer than those in the past, and state tax receipts are coming in above estimates.
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Expert: MassHealth funding means a tight state budget

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Mar 15 2018

By Ethan Forman, The Salem News

Health care spending is the leading culprit as to why the state budget has been so tight despite good economic times, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny.
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245 State Police troopers earned more than $200,000 last year

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Mar 12 2018

By Michael Levenson and Matt Rocheleau, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog group, said State Police overtime pay partly reflects the increased demands on law enforcement in an era of heightened concern about terrorism.
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