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Lottery profits could rival ’06 record

Apr 6 2012

By Peter Schworm, The Boston Globe

Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said lottery funds are an important subsidy for cities and towns. “They rely on it,’’ he said.
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The new normal: Mass. cities and towns are making do with less

Mar 29 2012

By Brenda J. Buote, The Boston Globe

According to Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent watchdog group, Salem’s fiscal picture is emblematic of what she called “a new normal.’’ “It will be a long, slow slog’’ before municipalities can get back to prerecession funding levels, if they ever do, Ryan said. “There’s a new fiscal reality; a new normal. It’s a permanent squeeze. Communities have to do more with less.’’
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Health-care reform means big savings

Mar 21 2012

Sentinel and Enterprise

Massachusetts municipalities that have taken the Legislature's prescription to fight ever-spiking health-care costs are already feeling relief. That's the diagnosis from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which reported this week that since the law was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in July, $80 million in rate relief has been realized statewide.
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Group: Localities saved $80 million after curbing benefits

Mar 20 2012

By Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded watchdog that advocated for the law, said in its report that the overhaul was likely to save more than the $100 million annually that had initially been projected by the group.
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Brockton, Easton are two of just four communities statewide to reject state health care law

Mar 20 2012

By Alex Bloom, The Easton Journal

“That’s mind-boggling that a City Council would do that when the city faces these kinds of fiscal problems,” Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Enterprise on Monday. “It’s a sell-out to the unions at the expense of the taxpayer.”
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Report: Most Bay State towns, cities embrace health care law

Mar 19 2012

By Michael Norton, The Harvard Post / State House News Service

The two-page update from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation predicts savings are "certain" to exceed the $100 million per year estimate frequently mentioned by proponents of the law prior to its passage last year.

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Group Claims MA Municipalities Net Dramatic Savings Under State's New Health Reform Law

Mar 19 2012

By Kari Njiiri, New England Public Radio

Michael Widmer, the Foundation's president, says nearly $80 million has been saved by the 62 communities that, so far, have either adopted the reform law or gone through collective bargaining. And as scores of other communities adopt the law, he expects savings will exceed the $100 million previously estimated in the law's first year.
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Municipal health care reform law already yields savings

Mar 4 2012

By David Riley, Holliston Tab

Another dozen communities have used the new law as leverage to negotiate health plan concessions from local unions without actually adopting the reform, said Michael Widmer, president of the Taxpayers Foundation. “Unions in many cases were more open to making changes that they had opposed for years in order to avoid having the law implemented in their particular community,” Widmer said.
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Municipal health insurance law already yields savings

Feb 27 2012

By David Riley, The Old Colony memorial

As more municipalities opt in, the reform law is probably on track to yield far more than the $100 million in first-year savings that supporters originally predicted, according to the nonpartisan, business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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In Quinn bill debate, Romney stood by labor

Feb 18 2012

By Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe

“He’d certainly portrayed himself as a reformer,’’ said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed watchdog group. “So there was a real contradiction between what he had put forward and then the fact that he didn’t sign off on this very hard-earned reform.’’
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