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Tax report card: Area voters split on overrides

Jun 14 2008

Tax report card: Area voters split on overrides

By David Riley, The Milford Daily News

"About 49.7 percent of operational overrides passed in fiscal 2005, and 54.3 percent in fiscal 2006, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Only 34.9 percent passed in fiscal 2007, and news reports pegged the figure in fiscal 2008 at about 40 percent."
 

Legislators: Voter anger may lead to end of income tax

Jun 13 2008

Legislators: Voter anger may lead to end of income tax

By Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

"A number of groups and individuals have lined up against the [ballot initiative], including social services advocates, legislative leaders and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."
 

Our view: No worries for those on Beacon Hill

Jun 10 2008

Our view: No worries for those on Beacon Hill

By Editorial Board, Newburyport News

"Speaking to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce last week, Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said the proposed tax-code changes being considered in conjunction with the Fiscal 2009 budget would constitute 'the largest tax increase on corporations in the state's history' that 'will undercut the long-term strength of our economy.'"
 

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Jun 8 2008

Human services fair pay is urged

By Linda Bock, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

"Michael J. Widmer has been president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation since 1992. Though he supports the bill for fairness, he knows the measure would cost the state and ultimately, the taxpayers."
 

Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

Jun 7 2008

Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

By David Kibbe, SouthCoastToday.com

"On Friday, four business groups released a public letter to Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, saying mandated staffing ratios had 'no proven effect on patient care' and would raise health care costs at a time the Legislature is trying to contain them.

"The letter was signed by the leaders of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."

 

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

Jun 6 2008

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

By Nelson Benton, The Salem News

"Great point made by Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation during a speech Wednesday in Ipswich: How can legislative leaders talk about wanting to reduce health-care costs, then turn around and endorse a bill mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios that hospitals say will cost them millions?"
 

Our view: Beverly vote reflects taxpayer dismay

Jun 5 2008

Our view: Beverly vote reflects taxpayer dismay

By Editorial Board, The Salem News

"Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation referred to the Beverly results in a rather gloomy assessment of the revenue picture delivered to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning."
 

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

Jun 3 2008

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

By Brad Puffer, NECN

"Progress that Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts taxpayers foundation says is extraordinary. 'So this has been a stunning success to date. But there are major challenges ahead'" (1:28 of video)
 

Bridge repair plan will fatten state payroll/Patronage jobs could live on long after work is done

May 26 2008

By Edward Mason, The Eagle Tribune

"Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is concerned those jobs will become permanent once the bridge repairs are done.

"'I think the administration should be careful adding significantly to the payroll,' Widmer said. 'It (potentially) builds in permanent, long-term costs for a temporary bridge program.'"

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Officials punt on police details: Political will once again fades; Unions resist shift to flagmen

May 25 2008

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

"'Given the limitations of the legislation, it can't be anything dramatic,' said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. 'By tossing it to the local level, they've essentially passed the buck.'"
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