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Welcome the Parkland Institute's blog. Here, we feature writers and researchers associated with the Parkland Institute writing about topics of interest to Albertans.

May 28, 2015

The case for a $15 minimum wage in Alberta

posted by Ian Hussey

The new Alberta government has pledged to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, but some lobby groups say the sky will almost certainly fall if it happens. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey looks at the validity of these Chicken Little claims, and lays out why phasing in a $15 an hour minimum wage is a good policy move.

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Tagged with: minimum wage, wages
April 30, 2015

Planks in the platforms: comparing 11 key policy issues

posted by Ian Hussey

As we enter the final weekend of Alberta election 2015, Parkland Institute compares the platforms of the four major parties on 11 key policy areas.

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Tagged with: budget 2015, childcare, democracy, education, election 2015, elections, environment, First Nations, health care, royalties, taxation
April 27, 2015

Making minced meat out of Mintz’s politicized numbers

posted by Ian Hussey

One of the most frequently cited numbers during this election is the claim that Alberta's economy will shed 9000 jobs for every one percent increase in the corporate tax. But does this claim, made by economist Jack Mintz and repeated by both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, really hold up to scrutiny?

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Tagged with: budget 2015, corporations, revenue, taxation, taxes
April 16, 2015

A plan for Alberta’s post-secondary institutions?

posted by Barret Weber

Alberta Budget 2015 represents a turning point for post-secondary education funding and governance. Unfortunately, this turn signals the start of a race to the bottom, and the Prentice government’s lack of a coherent vision for the sector.

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Tagged with: budget 2015, post secondary, post-secondary education
April 02, 2015

It’s Groundhog Budget Day in Alberta. Again.

posted by Ian Hussey

The same ruling party. The same manufactured crises brought into stark relief by a drop in oil prices. The same rhetoric about belt-tightening. The same refusal to look at real revenue solutions that could finally get the province off the oil price roller coaster.

Year after year after year. 

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Tagged with: budget 2015, revenue, royalties, taxation, taxes

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