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Little oversight when retired cops work details

Aug 18 2013

By Laura Krantz, North Attleboro Free Press

Michael J. Widmer, president of the non-profit government watchdog group Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said within limits, it is reasonable for retired officers to earn extra. But, he said, "it does no use to place limits on this supplemental income if retirement boards or someone else are not monitoring its implementation."
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HEDLUND REPORT: It’s their party and they’ll tax if they want to!

Aug 6 2013

By Senator Bob Hedlund, Wicked Local Marshfield

The most foolish of all the latest tax increases that is sure to have the most negative impact is the new 6.25 percent sales tax on computer system design services and software services. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said it best when he warned the Governor and Legislature that “State leaders could hardly have chosen a more perfect tax to undercut the future of the Massachusetts economy. This is the most sweeping computer and software services tax in the nation. It strikes at the heart of the state’s innovation economy and will stifle job creation for years to come.”

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Massachusetts Foists Software Service Tax on Local Business

Aug 5 2013

By Christine Parizo, Internet Evolution

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said in published reports that the tax could actually raise $500 million for the Commonwealth -- and cost Massachusetts, a hotbed of technology companies, quite a few jobs. In addition, implementing it so quickly will also take a toll on technology companies, particularly smaller systems integrators and independent consultants whose bread-and-butter clients are located in Massachusetts, as well as strain the resources of healthcare providers who often need customized software to, for example, ensure that hospital beds are provisioned efficiently.

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Mass tech tax stirs unease over impact, application

Aug 4 2013

By Andy Metzger, Eagle Tribune

Lawmakers are eyeing a new revenue source that Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer has warned could generate $500 million, far more than the $161 million estimate lawmakers attached to their tax hike.

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Editorial: Lawmakers fail state's taxpayers

Jul 26 2013

Gloucester Times

The application of the sales tax to computer and software services will cost the state’s employers an additional $500 million per year, according to estimates from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. That will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state, no doubt leading to lost jobs.
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Editorial: Legislature picks taxpayers’ pockets again

Jul 25 2013

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts is a leader in computer services; taxing a growth industry undermines the state’s competitive advantages. The tax will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state as those businesses are the primary customers for computer and software services. It is inevitable that jobs will be lost.
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Editorial: Tax hike the wrong move for Bay State

Jul 25 2013

The Daily News

Legislators also showed little concern for the state’s anemic job market. The application of the sales tax to computer and software services will cost the state’s employers an additional $500 million per year, according to estimates from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Massachusetts is a leader in computer services; taxing a growth industry undermines the state’s competitive advantages. The tax will cut into profits in virtually every industry in the state, as those businesses are the primary customers for computer and software services. It is inevitable that jobs will be lost.
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Much-Debated Transportation Bill Likely To Be Enacted This Week

Jul 22 2013

By Fred Bever, WBUR

“That changed the entire debate and frankly undercut his own strategy and the strategy of all others who were going to focus on transportation,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Views differ on whether letting civilians direct traffic has been a plus

Jul 20 2013

By Christian Schiavone, The Patriot Ledger

“I’m hard-pressed to remember if I’ve ever even seen a civilian flagger. If you do see one, you’re totally taken aback that there actually is one,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “There’s some minimal use of flaggers, but in the end this is a major disappointment.”

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Massachusetts Computer Services Tax Riles IT Industry

Jul 19 2013

By Elena Malykhina, InformationWeek

Another group, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the tax on computer services could cost the state's employers an additional $500 million annually. "The tax takes clear aim at the state's innovation economy, which is the essence of the state's competitive edge and at the core of its economic future. Many of the key investments in computers and software that help to incubate groundbreaking discoveries and cutting-edge ideas will now be subject to the sales tax," the nonprofit research organization said in a statement reacting to the initial bill in June.

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