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Lawmakers seek $10M to avoid UMass tuition increase

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Apr 18 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Daily News

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Ways and Means budget bumps higher education funding $55 million above this year's spending levels, with $40 million in additional support for UMass and $12 million for state universities and community colleges, "primarily associated with collectively bargained increases in wages and salaries."
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On budget planning, be cautious

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Apr 10 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE’S House Ways and Means Committee will unveil on Wednesday its budget proposal for state fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1. Their budget document will describe proposals to allocate more than $46 billion in spending for such things as health care benefits for nearly 2 million Massachusetts residents, the opioid epidemic, snow removal from highways next winter, and a vast array of other programs and projects throughout the state. Before deliberations begin, I offer three reasons to err on the side of caution when it comes to spending.
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Editorial: Should Massachusetts continue its film tax credit?

Apr 5 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is an opponent of the film tax credits for two primary reasons: the inefficiency of the credit and the sub-optimal use of limited taxpayer resources.
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Our view: When an override works

Mar 19 2019

The Sun Chronicle

Of late, though, overrides have become less popular statewide, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is, despite its folksy title, a group representing business interests. The association’s annual financial data report on municipal government found last year set a record for the fewest number of overrides. “The number of Proposition 2 ½ overrides has declined significantly in recent years,” the report states. “Twenty Proposition 2 ½ override votes occurred in (fiscal year) 2018, down from 26 in FY 2017.
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Latest economic reports are cautionary tales

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Mar 5 2019

By Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says she’s not worried about this year. But the slowdown in growth could make it harder to budget for the fiscal period that begins July 1. In many ways, McAnneny says, we’re living on borrowed time with this decadelong recovery. Good thing the state has $2 billion in its rainy day fund, thanks in part to a capital gains-related windfall last year.

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For emergency departments, incredible crowding can be normal

Mar 2 2019

By Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

While the number of overall emergency department visits has been declining in the state, Massachusetts residents still use them at a rate 11 percent higher than the US average. “We’re trending in the wrong direction if we’re expanding,’’ said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is part of the coalition.
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Viewpoint: Businesses must play role in fighting addiction epidemic

Feb 28 2019

By Michael Botticelli, Boston Business Journal

Two recent studies commissioned by RIZE Massachusetts show how widespread the effect is on the Massachusetts workforce and economy. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates the cost at nearly $5 billion in lost productivity and increased health care spending.
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Five transportation assignments for Legislature

Feb 19 2019

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

A shared commitment by business and legislative leadership and other stakeholders to making measurable progress on the Commonwealth’s transportation agenda in the next 2-3 years with the commission’s report serving as the road map could be revolutionary indeed.
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Our view: Time to plan for tough times is now

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Feb 11 2019

Gloucester Daily Times

“With April being the largest month for tax collections, it is unlikely policymakers will have significantly more information about tax revenue available before the House and Senate budgets are published in the spring,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As a cautionary measure, budget writers may want to revisit the tax growth assumptions before the fiscal 2020 budget is adopted.
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‘Millionaire tax’ amendment rises again at Statehouse

Feb 10 2019

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Boston Herald

“It’s a different process and I think they’re right,” said Eileen McAnnenny, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because this is not a citizen’s petition the prohibitions don’t apply.”
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