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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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Inaccuracies aside, forecasting hearing seen as essential to budgeting

Dec 11 2011

By Kyle Cheney, State House News Service / The Boston Herald

“This is a hazardous occupation. It is unpredictable,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who has been tasked year after year with taking delivering to state government officials his best guess about future tax collections. “This is clearly an art form, not a science. There are analytical pieces to it, but there is not a scientific equation or arithmetic equation.”
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Municipal budgets most stressed since ’80, report says

Dec 7 2011

By Brian MacQuarrie, The Boston Globe

“The numbers demonstrate just how difficult this recession and fiscal crisis have been for cities and towns,’’ said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Their revenues have been virtually flat, while their costs have grown, which has meant cuts in schools, public safety, and other basic services for most cities and towns.’’
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State's income tax could decrease

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Sep 15 2011

By Katie Lannan, The Lowell Sun

"What this means is, the state will lose over $100 million a year and therefore have to cut services and programs, and those who use those programs will be hurt," said Andrew Bagley, director of research and public affairs for the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "On the other hand, taxpayers will have an extra $100 million in a down economy in order to pay for their needs."
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Romney didn’t wreck his state’s economy. But he didn’t save it, either.

Aug 12 2011

By Suzy Khimm, The Washington Post

Ultimately, “Massachusetts suffered a worse recession than just about any other state,” says Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank.
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What The Debt Ceiling Deal Means For Massachusetts

Aug 7 2011

By Jon Keller, CBS Boston

“I’m concerned. I think we’re seeing the beginning of a lengthy period, how long we don’t know, in which government at the federal, state and local levels are going to have to re-trench,” said Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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A price to pay in Massachusetts

Aug 3 2011

By Brian Boyd, South Coast Today

Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the specifics aren't clear yet and officials will have to wait for the new committee to offer its recommendations. Still, he said long-term cost cutting by the federal government will result in less aid for municipal governments.
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With No Deal On Debt Limit, Mass. Leaders Prepare For The Worst

Jul 29 2011

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Massachusetts is due about a billion dollars from the federal government in September and without it, the state could be hard pressed to make a scheduled local aid payment to cities and towns, according to Michael Widmer , President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Brown sticks with reticence on proposals

Jul 28 2011

By Theo Emery and Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe

Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that the debt ceiling is an “enormously potent’’ situation and that voters will have to judge afterward how their elected officials handled it.
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Federal funds crucial to state's economy

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Jul 27 2011

By Jon Chesto, The Country Gazette / GateHouse News Service

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says total state spending reached $32 billion in the fiscal year that just ended, compared with $30.3 billion in the prior year and $31 billion in the one before that.
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