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Most towns poorly prepared to pay for retirement benefits

Jul 1 2012

By David Riley, Michael Morton and Laura Krantz , MetroWest Daily News

Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports criticizing the benefits. “There’s no dodging it.

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How Obama, Romney are spinning court's health-care ruling

Jun 30 2012

By Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation – a business-backed fiscal watchdog that has analyzed the state’s health care law for years – agreed, Politico reported. “If one’s a tax, the other’s a tax,” he said.
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ObamaCare Is Constitutional; Get Over It

Jun 29 2012

By Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Over the five full fiscal years since the law’s enactment, the state has spent $91 million a year, well within the budgeted expectations. RomneyCare is not a budget buster, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says.
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5 Quick Facts About Mass. Health Reform You Now Need To Know

Jun 29 2012

By Carey Goldberg, WBUR CommonHealth

The only group that has looked at this question directly is the business-backed state government watchdog, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. They calculate that the Massachusetts law requiring that virtually everyone have health insurance has increased costs to the state budget by about $91 million a year. That means it’s costing an additional 1.4 percent of the state’s $32-billion budget.
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Experts: Romney's mandate is a tax too

Jun 29 2012

By Kyle Cheney, Politico

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation — a business-backed fiscal watchdog that has analyzed the state’s health care law for years — agreed. “If one’s a tax, the other’s a tax,” he said.
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Managing The Risks Of Healthcare Reform

Jun 27 2012

By Matt Siegel, Insurance News

Furthermore, according to a recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, "additional state spending attributable to the health reform law accounted for only 1.4 percent of the Commonwealth's $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011."
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Cities vary in approach to retiree health care

Jun 27 2012

By David Riley, The Newton Tab

“Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports critical of retiree health care costs. “There's no dodging it.”
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School board members say students lose out as Brockton must cut budget to fund health insurance

Jun 26 2012

By Alex Bloom, The Enterprise

“Many other cities and towns have moved forward with reform and will save millions on employee health insurance, allowing them to maintain services in (2012-2013),” said Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst for the group. “On the other hand, Brockton faces another year with unnecessary cuts to basic services.”
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GUEST OPINION: One giant step along perilous road for cities and towns

Jun 24 2012

By Michael J. Widmer, The Herald News

The Legislature and governor made enormous strides last year in giving cities and towns the tools to better control insurance costs while still providing generous health care coverage to their employees and retirees. But without serious reforms in retiree health care eligibility and benefits, these costs will threaten local budgets and force municipal leaders to make cuts to core services like education and public safety. In short, there is still considerable work to be done.
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Romneycare In Massachusetts, Six Years Later

Jun 21 2012

By Elizabeth Hartfield, ABC News

The cost of the law to the state has not been very high. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that increased spending attributable to the law accounted for a little more than 1 percent of the state's budget for the 2010 fiscal year.
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