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Why you don't see more civilian flaggers

Jun 30 2013

By Brian Lee, The Telegram & Gazette

From the beginning, the administration and lawmakers opting not to pursue closing that loophole remain “the missing piece,” said Mr. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a longtime proponent of introducing civilian flaggers in the commonwealth. Mr. Widmer called the regulation change “a major disappointment” that has failed to meet its promise and does not classify as true reform.
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Brockton taxpayers spending millions on custodians to be crossing guards

Jun 27 2013

By Alex Bloom, The Patriot Ledger

“These total costs are way out of line with other communities, many of whom simply pay part-time employees and part-time crossing guards at an hourly rate,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Paying time-and-a-half is unnecessary and a bad use of taxpayer dollars.”
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Paying municipal workers for unused sick and vacation days can be costly

Jun 24 2013

By Maria Papadopoulos, The Enterprise

“Cities and towns can no longer afford these kinds of extravagant benefits,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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East Bridgewater officials ‘jockeyed’ town money to boost police chief’s retirement

Jun 24 2013

By Maria Papadopoulos, The Enterprise

“There is a time-honored practice of making changes and playing games with salaries in order to boost pension payments,” said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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OUR OPINION: A conflict of interest should be easy to spot

Jun 7 2013

The Enterprise

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the matter “troubling.” “I think it reinforces so much of the public’s view that there’s favoritism in government, whether it’s special deals or hiring or contracts,” he said.
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House budget offers smaller increases in local aid

Apr 10 2013

By David Riley, Pembroke Mariner and Express

Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, praised the House proposal. “I think it’s a responsible budget under difficult conditions,” he said. “We still have weak economic and tax revenue growth, so this is another tight budget with limited increases in spending.”
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Most towns poorly prepared to pay for retirement benefits

Mar 4 2013

By David Riley and Michael Morton and Laura Krantz, MetroWest Daily News

“Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports criticizing the benefits. “There’s no dodging it.”
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Municipal group describes 'five long years of cuts and cutbacks'

Feb 26 2013

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Weymouth News

Citing a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis, Beckwith said that property taxes accounted for 57.5 percent of total local revenues last year, which is the highest percentage since Proposition 2.5 limited property tax increases more than 30 years ago. In 2002, property taxes accounted for 49.4 percent of municipal budgets.
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Increased school aid unlikely

Feb 10 2013

By Jennie Oemig, The Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle

Hill also gave the committee the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report, which explains exactly what the governor’s revenue proposal will be for FY14 and FY15. “He eliminates 44 personal income tax exemptions and deductions, which is gonna hurt a lot of families - a lot of middle class families,” he said.
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Municipal health care reform leads to $205 million in savings

Jan 25 2013

Hopkington Crier

“This is among the most meaningful municipal reforms in decades, and its success has surpassed all expectations,” Michael Widmer, the foundation’s president, said in the release. “The early and widespread adoption by communities across the state shows the importance of this tool in providing municipal budget relief, both now and for years to come.”
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