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Senate approves $41.5B state budget for upcoming fiscal year

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May 25 2018

AP / The Boston Herald

Senators added $75.5 million in spending during the three days of debate, much of it in earmarks for local projects, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Senate unveils $41 billion state budget proposal

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May 10 2018

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout, The Boston Globe

“This year, the similarities among the proposals outnumber the differences, which could be due in part to the small amount of discretionary dollars available,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Nurses ask voters to set patient limits

May 3 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily Times

It also includes the state's four largest business advocacy groups — Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
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Sanchez: MassHealth state's 'largest economic development initiative'

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Apr 24 2018

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

State spending has roughly doubled in the past 20 years. MassHealth, at $16.5 billion, accounts for 41 percent of spending, with much of that money flowing to health care providers. According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, MassHealth spending grows by $518 million, the largest increase in any area of state spending, in the House budget proposal.
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Education activists plan to jam State House phone lines in noon hour

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Apr 23 2018

By Colin A. Young, State House News Service / WWLP

House lawmakers have filed 1,400 amendments to the spending plan, of which 1,049 have a quantifiable fiscal impact that would total $3.1 billion if all are adopted, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Last year, the House adopted amendments adding $77.7 million in spending to the budget.
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Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question

Apr 12 2018

By Margeaux Sippell, The Boston Globe

“Health-care costs are already a burden for many families and employers across Massachusetts,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the Taxpayers Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “Massachusetts should use its health-care dollars to focus on more pressing priorities, like mental health care and addiction treatment, rather than this self-serving ballot initiative,” she said.
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House bumps local aid; seeks new audit of State Police in $41B budget proposal

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Apr 11 2018

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Boston Herald

While House leaders touted areas of investment, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently cautioned that a growing portion of state revenues are being consumed by a few priorities, leaving a lot less money for lawmakers to invest in programs important to their constituents. Fixed obligations to non-discretionary spending in areas like MassHealth, debt service and pensions accounted for 55 percent of tax revenues in fiscal 2007, but accounted for 73 percent in fiscal 2017, the foundation said.
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Massachusetts state budget faces uncertainty over 2018 ballot questions

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Apr 11 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

The business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has said lawmakers should establish a contingency plan in case the income tax question is not passed and the sales tax question passes. The foundation said one important step would be to commit a large amount of money to the state's rainy day fund and put any surplus money from this year into the rainy day fund. That way the fund could be used to patch any major budget shortfalls.
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Tax could deflate state's economy

Mar 15 2018

The Eagle Tribune

The president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told the assembled lunchtime crowd that the state's economy was strong. What's more, the economic recovery has lasted longer than those in the past, and state tax receipts are coming in above estimates. Still, McAnneny worries about clouds on the horizon -- that extra tax money may be coming from folks who tried to pay their taxes early, ahead of federal reform efforts. The state still isn't setting enough money aside in its "rainy day" fund to satisfy credit rating agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's.
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Expert: MassHealth funding means a tight state budget

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Mar 15 2018

By Ethan Forman, The Salem News

Health care spending is the leading culprit as to why the state budget has been so tight despite good economic times, according to Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny. “If there’s one takeaway I would like all of you to leave with, it’s this: That everyone has to keep their eye on the MassHealth ball, and everyone should care about the amount of money that we are spending on it, because the amount eclipses every other spending area in the budget by a very wide margin,” McAnneny told a ballroom full of business leaders Wednesday.
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