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Mass. raked in 8.6 percent more tax revenue than last year. But why?

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Jul 24 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“You have to give some credit where credit is due: A lot of this revenue is affiliated with federal tax reform in some way or another,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Slow Rollout Of Pot Sales Clouds Marijuana Tax Forecast

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Jul 23 2018

CBS Boston

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in an analysis of the new budget that it was unfortunate lawmakers did not lower marijuana revenue estimates, as they’re unlikely to hit the $63 million target.
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Slow rollout of pot sales may hit state tax revenue

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Jul 23 2018

The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said in an analysis of the new budget that it was unfortunate lawmakers did not lower marijuana revenue estimates, as they’re unlikely to hit the $63 million target.
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Business groups raise alarm over bills to bolster community hospitals

Jul 20 2018

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, another business-backed group, said in a letter that legislators’ proposals would “significantly increase health care costs and create unintended care delivery consequences without providing an accountable or sustainable solution to price variation.”
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HomeNewsStory State budget deal struck; no new fees

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Jul 19 2018

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Doug Howgate, director of policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said he was not aware of an instance in the last 20 years or so in which a conference committee produced "just kind of an ad hoc increased number based on higher tax revenues." "I'm not familiar with anything like this year happening," he told the News Service.
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House, Senate fight over education funding for poor and immigrant students

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Jul 15 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has estimated that the low-income and English language learner recommendations would cost another $500 million to $700 million. But Doug Howgate, director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, acknowledged that those are "back of the envelope" calculations. The exact cost depends on the details of how the payments are calculated, which the Foundation Budget Review Commission largely left up to the Legislature.
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For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise

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Jul 14 2018

By Kay Lazar and Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe

“It sounds like there are a lot of resources that could be reallocated and we need to have that conversation,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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DeLeo: "Very difficult" to pass immigrant enforcement bill in House

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Jul 12 2018

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, budget negotiators face 185 non-spending Senate initiatives and 109 from the House. And while total spending in the two roughly $41.5 billion budgets differs by only $22 million, the budgets feature $304 million in unique House spending and $282 million in unique Senate spending, for a total of $586 million.
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Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay

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Jul 12 2018

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

According to the business-backed watchdog Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the House-passed budget has 109 non-spending sections, while the Senate has 185. “As has been the case in recent years, the Senate budget includes significantly more policy provisions that the House,” the foundation said in a recent report. “This mismatch in the number of sections can make it difficult to resolve policy differences in a way that is satisfactory for both branches.”
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Our Opinion: Legislature's inexcusable July bottleneck of laws

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Jul 10 2018

The Berkshire Eagle

Both are heavily larded with non-spending "policy" riders, to the tune of 109 in the House version and 185 in the Senate's, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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