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MASS. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NEEDS INDEPENDENT REVIEW, BIZ GROUP SAYS

Sep 26 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

The state needs a new blueprint to address its transportation infrastructure, which faces new threats and remains in problematic condition despite major investments in recent years, according to a business-backed foundation that is recommending a new independent review. "What is clear is that the state lacks the requisite information to make profoundly difficult choices," the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in its report. "Questions such as which projects to fund and when, and how revenue sources should be allocated must be included as part of a long-term sustainable transportation finance plan to address our transportation needs. Unfortunately, the state has not yet adopted such a plan."
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Standardized testing comes under fire again in Mass.

Sep 13 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

The alliance and 25 other business groups, including the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Retailers Association of Massachusetts, signed on to a statement opposing the Rush and Decker bills.
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Minimum Wage Hike, Sales Tax Cut Could Be On 2018 Massachusetts Ballot

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Sep 11 2017

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said legislating through the Constitution is a big mistake. "The downside is that if there are problems with this new tax increase, the legislature does not have the ability to change it," said McAnneny.
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Mass. tax collections miss benchmarks

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Sep 8 2017

By Colin Young, State House news Service / Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 budget in July and vetoed nine of the budget's outside sections and $320.3 million across 169 line items, including $202 million related to the MassHealth changes he proposed in June. The net impact of the vetoes, after accounting for federal revenues, is $193 million, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis.
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Transit chief wants ‘world class’ system for MBTA

Aug 15 2017

AP / The Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent watchdog group, welcomed the appointment of Ramirez. “Mr. Ramirez’s business background and expertise in complex turnarounds makes him the ideal person to lead the authority forward,” President Eileen McAnneny said.
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Ballot proposals raise and lower taxes

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Aug 5 2017

By Bob Salsberg, AP / The Berkshire Eagle

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the dilemma points to the hazards of letting voters decide complex tax issues. "More often than not a ballot question is written by its proponents," she said. "It's very one-sided and it's not a good way to make policy."
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Baker to approve fees, fines from employers for MassHealth

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Aug 2 2017

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / WBJournal

In mid-July, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation speculated about the situation that has come to pass. "Should the Legislature reject the Governor's proposed amendment to couple long-term MassHealth reforms with a temporary assessment on employers, the Legislature will need to find $283 million elsewhere ($200 million from the assessment in addition to the $83 million in MassHealth savings) a task that will be difficult on top of the spending reductions already made in Conference," the foundation wrote. "The Legislature's approach to the Governor's proposal will be pivotal to the state's fiscal condition in the months ahead."

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Baker’s plan to cut health costs gets skeptical reception in Legislature

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Jul 25 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

“The cost of inaction is too high,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said at Tuesday’s hearing at the State House.
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House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

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Jul 25 2017

By Matt Murphy and Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, also testifying in support of the governor’s plan, expressed concern that spending on MassHealth has outpaced investments in programs such as subsidized child care 44 times over. “We’re suggesting the state needs to free up resources so they can spend it on other priorities,” McAnneny said, arguing things like housing also impact people’s health.
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Mass. finishes fiscal year with $431M revenue shortfall

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Jul 24 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / Newburyport News

Baker’s vetoes stretched across 169 line items, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He also vetoed $42 million in spending that lawmakers earmarked in an attempt to force appropriations for favored projects.
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