Debt up not down, deficit higher than projected
PST shell game obvious
Personal income tax increase for foreseeable future
The $357 million deficit is better than expected
The 2012 budget projected a $23 million surplus by now
The government is paying down the debt
The overall debt is up by $5.1 billion since 2012
PST money is going on top of previous infrastructure sending
The government cut its previous base spending on infrastructure
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling the provincial government out for delivering a Pinocchio budget. The government's claim of debt repayment, a lower deficit and infrastructure spending are all based on mistruths.
"It's abundantly clear now to anyone with a calculator that the government has used the PST increase as a blatant tax grab," said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. "It would be like paying your lawn guy $20 to cut your grass, telling him you're giving him a $5 raise and then only paying him $23 by reducing his base pay to $18. The government cut its base funding."
"It's good the government has reduced the deficit a bit, down to $357 million," continued Craig. "But people can't forget that just two years ago they expected a $23 million surplus by now."
Other beefs/bouquets include:
Tax increases for Manitobans continue through bracket creep.
No pension reform for government employees - in fact, there are bailouts.
The lean initiative is a step in the right direction, the government should look at innovative techniques such as gain-sharing to tap into frontline workers' knowledge.