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Mass. revenue drop ‘worst in 50 years’

Jul 8 2009

By Ted Nesi , Providence Business News

"June is the final exclamation point on this unbelievably bad year,'' Michael J. Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told The Globe. "This is the worst year-to-year tax drop ... in more than 50 years. Maybe ever.'' He predicted the state will suffer four years of budget cuts.
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Mass. revenues plummet again

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Jul 8 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"June is the final exclamation point on this unbelievably bad year,'' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded government watchdog. "This is the worst year-to-year tax drop . . . in more than 50 years. Maybe ever."
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State payroll on the rise

Jul 8 2009

By Matt Murphy, North Adams Transcript

"I don't know the explanations behind this, but that's really troubling," said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers. "It certainly raises a question given the size of the cuts to programs," Widmer said. "If we're cutting basic payments to cities and towns we certainly should be looking closely at the state payroll."
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State Burns Through Stimulus Money For Education

Jun 11 2009

By Fred Thys, WBUR

"Clearly," said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, "the state's situation has become so desperate this fiscal year, which is ending on June 30, that what the administration has done is to take this education stimulus money and advance it, instead of spending it in fiscal year 2010 or 11."
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State budget to be 'doom and gloom' for years to come

May 5 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said state tax collections would not return to 2008 levels until at least 2014. "This is going to be the worst fiscal crisis in the state's history," Widmer said.
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State revenues continue free fall

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May 1 2009

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"We're in a free-fall here," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "The collapse of revenue is so huge that all of the options seem impossible - cuts of that magnitude or additional revenue of that magnitude."
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Slipping revenues undermining House budget

Apr 30 2009

SHNS / Cape Ann Beacon

"This budget's going to be at least a billion dollars out of balance," Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said of the plan the House is debating.
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More cuts in Mass. as budget woes grow

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Apr 15 2009

By Ted Nesi, Providence Business News

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a leading fiscal watchdog on Beacon Hill, told The Associated Press that he fully expected the $400 million in further cuts to be necessary. "It means we're going to have absolutely draconian cuts across state government if there are not new revenues," Widmer said.
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Patrick orders $156M more in budget cuts, says more pain on the way

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Apr 15 2009

By Joe Markman and the Associated Press, The Patriot Ledger

Michael Widmer, president of the nonprofit business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the other $400 million in cuts would be inevitable because all indications were that tax collections are still falling. "It means we're going to have absolutely Draconian cuts across state government if there are not new revenues," he said.
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Bell sounds for third round of budget cuts

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Apr 15 2009

By Greg St. Martin, The Metro

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, expressed concern the state is plowing through reserves and stimulus money too quickly. He also pointed to more cuts expected today when the House Ways & Means Committee unveils next fiscal year's budget.
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