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Tax repeal effort worries local lawmakers

May 3 2008

Tax repeal effort worries local lawmakers

By Ed Mason and Ethan Forman, The Salem News

"'More and more, individuals are feeling squeezed,' Widmer said. 'And when they feel squeezed, they will vote themselves a tax cut and not contemplate the consequences.'"
 

Tax bill would hit big firms the most

Apr 15 2008

By Ross Kerber , The Boston Globe

"'I can't define an exact group who will be impacted, but what I do know is the weight of this will fall most heavily on large, multistate corporations that employ hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts citizens,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
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Patrick, legislative leaders, agree to study corporate tax code

Apr 30 2007

By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

"The June 15 deadline is too soon, according to one member of panel, Michael Widmer, head of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, which opposes Patrick's loophole plan. Widmer was appointed by DiMasi.

"'You can't have a legitimate examination of corporate tax code in a month or two,' Widmer said.

"Widmer also questioned the value of the commission.

"'Of all the priorities that the state faces, I would not put this near the top,' he said. 'The impetus for the commission really is a response to the governor's proposal rather than a crying need in itself.'"

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Corporate tax hike proposal goes to task force: Patrick’s initiative has met with resistance from business sector

Apr 20 2007

By Tom Benner, The Patriot Ledger

"‘I'm open to a review of the corporate tax code, as long as it's a serious, in-depth review and not simply a smokescreen for implementing these so-called corporate loopholes,' said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
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State panel to call for gas tax hike

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Oct 8 2006

By Andrea Estes and Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

"'With declining federal revenues and the cost of the Central Artery the state must find additional revenue sources to maintain and expand its highways and mass transit,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the commission who supports a gas tax increase."
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Question 1 would split gas tax and inflation

Oct 19 2001

By Amy Anthony, Cape Cod Today

But most taxes, while not indexed to inflation, are adjusted according to the CPI, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Massachusetts to Tax Software Development

By Rob Marvin, Software Development Times

This kind of software service tax is unprecedented. According to New England Cable News, Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (an independent, bi-partisan research organization) said, "This is the most far-reaching software services tax in the nation."
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Idaho Goes Against Trend, Exempts Cloud Software from Sales Tax

By Steven D. Jones, DowJones Newswire

The proposed rules leave open other classifications of services from custom Web design to online health-care diagnostics that could push them under the tax umbrella as well, said Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is pushing for a legislative description of software as a service. "We'd prefer that the definition of cloud software not be left to the Department of Revenue," said Mr. Bagley.
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