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Lawmaker: Pay for new commuter rail by charging car owners a "green" fee

Feb 22 2007

By Brian Boyd, SouthCoastToday.com

"Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the original version's reliance on existing revenue was a shortcoming.

"While the foundation has not taken a position on the new proposal, Mr. Widmer said Rep. Cabral's idea deserves serious consideration.

"'Clearly, the state transit system needs new revenue, and Rep. Cabral's proposal is a constructive step in moving that discussion forward,' Mr. Widmer said."

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Mass. Turnpike tolls will not come down: 'A sad day for MetroWest'

Feb 7 2007

By Emelie Rutherford, Metrowest Daily News

"Commission member Michael Widmer called news of the death of the toll-removal plan 'positive.'

"'It was a foolhardy proposal from the outset because you're transferring the obligation to the taxpayer without any additional revenue,' said Widmer, also the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."

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Business and Labor Communities Determined to Move Ahead with Individual Tiering

Feb 1 2007

Business and Labor Communities Determined to Move Ahead with Individual Tiering

By Tom Walsh, Vital Signs

"This train is moving, and I agree we can't wait for the perfect set of data," added Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. At the same time, though, Widmer said doctors should not be unfairly hurt by the process. "I'm not comfortable with data that will unfairly tarnish anyone's reputation."
 

State panel to call for gas tax hike

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Oct 8 2006

By Andrea Estes and Frank Phillips, The Boston Globe

"'With declining federal revenues and the cost of the Central Artery the state must find additional revenue sources to maintain and expand its highways and mass transit,' said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the commission who supports a gas tax increase."
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Question 1 would split gas tax and inflation

Oct 19 2001

By Amy Anthony, Cape Cod Today

But most taxes, while not indexed to inflation, are adjusted according to the CPI, said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Baker’s insurance idea based on ‘flawed premise’

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By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Telegram

The draft policy brief, obtained by the News Service, contends the "more plausible explanation" for the enrollment growth that has put severe pressure on state finances is that Massachusetts underestimated the number of people from a variety of backgrounds who would become eligible under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion and the success of enrollment outreach programs. The Taxpayers Foundation also asserts that the assessment would land on employers who are doing nothing to contribute to MassHealth enrollment growth, and could expose the state to a lawsuit for running afoul of federal law that limits a state's ability to regulate private employer-sponsored health plans.
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Massachusetts to Tax Software Development

By Rob Marvin, Software Development Times

This kind of software service tax is unprecedented. According to New England Cable News, Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (an independent, bi-partisan research organization) said, "This is the most far-reaching software services tax in the nation."
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Idaho Goes Against Trend, Exempts Cloud Software from Sales Tax

By Steven D. Jones, DowJones Newswire

The proposed rules leave open other classifications of services from custom Web design to online health-care diagnostics that could push them under the tax umbrella as well, said Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is pushing for a legislative description of software as a service. "We'd prefer that the definition of cloud software not be left to the Department of Revenue," said Mr. Bagley.
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How will state fund $1B-a-year transit bill?

By Chris Camire, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he would like to see an increase in the gas tax included in any revenue package. "It goes directly into transportation, but most importantly, we haven't raised the gas tax since 1991, so we're paying 21 cents, but we're only getting 12 cents worth of value," Widmer said. "That's not any way to maintain our transportation system. So I think it's fair to ask people in the state to at least keep pace with inflation."
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