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Op-Ed: Mansfield - Facts and opinion about President Obama

Jun 7 2012

By Eric L. Mansfield, The Fayetteville Observer

In fact, during Romney's time as governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation, and the state lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national average. ... According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, spending rose an average of 5 percent per year with state debt rising $2.6 billion in four years.

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House approves health care cost containment bill

Jun 6 2012

By Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed." Noting that price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy."

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Slanted take: Obama campaign on Romney’s Massachusetts record

Jun 5 2012

By Josh Hicks, The Fact Checker/The Washington Post

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who opposed Romney in the 2008 GOP primary, all estimated that the former governor raised a combined $750 million per year in additional revenue through fees and loophole closures.

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How accurate is Obama's attack on Romney's jobs record?

Jun 5 2012

By Jim Zarroli, National Public Radio

But like many states, it was also losing manufacturing jobs. Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says this did not start under Romney. With its high wages and high cost of living, the state had been bleeding factory jobs for at least three decades.

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Patrick: 'Whatever it takes' to give AG role in healthcare market

Jun 4 2012

By Andy Metzger and Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed.” Citing price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy.”

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Campaign turns to the economy

Jun 4 2012

NorthJersey.com, The Record

Job creation in the Bay State ranked among the bottom in the nation under Romney; and for his first budget, in 2004, Romney raised $750 million in new revenue — about half from corporate tax increases and half in fee increases, according to the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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David Axelrod repeats claim that Massachusetts under Mitt Romney ranked 47th in job growth

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Jun 3 2012

PolitiFact.com/Tampa Bay Times

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent group that analyzes fiscal trends in the state, warned us when we first looked at Axelrod’s 47th-in-the-nation claim in June 2011 not to put too much stock in any governor's influence over their state's rate of job growth. The ability for governors to manage the state economy is vastly overrated, Widmer said.

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Economy big concern for Democrats

Jun 3 2012

By Clarence Fanto, The Berkshire Eagle

Nevertheless, Massachusetts unemployment declined from just under 6 percent at the beginning of Romney’s term to 4.7 percent when he left, and his backers claim he narrowed a $2 billion budget gap without raising taxes. But we all remember how he raised a wide variety of fees as well as closing business-tax loopholes in order to boost revenue by $750 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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The perils of health care price controls

May 31 2012

By Steven Syre, The Boston Globe

“The market is driving dramatic change,” Widmer says. “What I’ve been warning against is a heavily prescriptive approach to health cost control, which would undercut the progress that has been made.”

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Was Mitt Romney a Good Governor?

May 31 2012

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

As Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, told Politifact, "Jobs grew, but they grew at an anemic rate compared to the rest of the country."

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