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State's rainy day account rebounds

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Nov 14 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily Times

"We have made tremendous progress, but we really need to have a bigger cushion," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The rainy day fund’s balance compared to the state's $41 billion operating budget — the most common metric of a reserve fund’s health — is about 4.9 percent, she said. It was about 7.7 percent in the fiscal year before the recession. "We clearly still have a way to go," McAnneny said. "The credit ratings agencies would prefer that we be closer to 10 percent."
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Massachusetts ends fiscal year 2018 with $1.1 billion in extra tax revenue

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Jul 24 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"I think a sizable portion of it is due to federal tax reform, either directly or indirectly," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. McAnneny added that the economy is also doing well, although only time will tell how much of revenue is attributable to sustained economic growth rather than one-time money from the tax reform.
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Mass. raked in 8.6 percent more tax revenue than last year. But why?

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Jul 24 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“You have to give some credit where credit is due: A lot of this revenue is affiliated with federal tax reform in some way or another,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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State savings, spending to get a boost from projected $1.2 billion surplus

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Jul 7 2018

By Matt Murphy and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service / The Telegram

Using a higher estimate might enable Democrats in the House and Senate to resolve differences over spending proposals. The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has also suggested an adjustment to the estimate might be warranted.
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State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected

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Jul 6 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

"Having revenues continue to exceed projections is welcome news,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because a large portion of this revenue is attributable to federal tax law changes, and may not be recurring, budget makers should still proceed with caution.”
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Capital gains windfall triggers $290M rainy day fund deposit

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Jun 29 2018

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

Capital gains taxes are assessed on investment gains and analysts have tied some portion of the spike in taxes to impacts of the new federal tax law. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation this week cautioned that a surge in sales of capital assets is temporary and can't be counted on for ongoing revenue.
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The state is putting some decent cash into its rainy day fund. Finally

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Jun 28 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“It’s a great development,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We need to replenish the stabilization fund because it will provide the cushion we need for the next economic downturn,” she said, using the formal name for the rainy day account.
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Beacon Hill tax accord sets stage for new Mass. spending

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Jan 12 2018

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Worcester Telegram

In a report earlier this week, the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation noted that tax collections are running nearly $730 million above benchmarks through December and recommended the state use above-benchmark revenues to build its rainy day, or stabilization reserve, an area that credit rating agencies have flagged as a concern. “The state budget is twice the size it was fifteen years ago, while the Stabilization Fund balance is $400 million lower,” MTF said in its report. “Without a behavior change, the next fiscal downturn will be disastrous.”
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MTF SEES POSSIBLE BOOST IN FISCAL 2018 REVENUE ESTIMATE

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Jan 8 2018

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

"The revenue challenges of these ballot questions are compounded by problematic timing," according to MTF. "The fact that these questions will not be voted on until November -- more than four months after the FY 2019 budget is finalized, makes planning for them especially difficult."
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Chandler ‘delighted,’ but not involved in release of earmarks

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Jan 4 2018

State House News Service / The Worcester Telegram

There are more than 600 earmarks in the budget, totaling $121 million in spending, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Chandler said she met with the governor a “couple of weeks ago,” saying only that they talked about “things in general, basically. Just pleasantries.”
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