Creative accounting on Beacon Hill


Jul 10 2018

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says industry assessments are not an ideal way of funding government services because the approach reduces spending accountability and hides the true cost of government. Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the foundation, says user fees make sense but only if there is a direct link between the entity providing the funds and what is being funded. “To me there’s no connection between rental car contracts and police training,” he says.
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