Media items tagged with Alberta Budget 2010

Op-eds | February 11, 2010

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul”

Health funding hike comes at expense of other essential services

Although initial reaction to the provincial budget by pundits and media focused on the increase in spending overall and to health spending and infrastructure in particular, a deeper look at the numbers reveals the real price of those increases and raises serious concerns about long-term fiscal management in this province. In short, Budget 2010 is an exercise in robbing Peter to pay Paul. The increases to health care and infrastructure funding were financed by over $1.7 billion in cuts to other areas, and the elimination of at least 800 public service jobs.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | budget announcements | service cuts
Mentions | February 11, 2010

Parkland Institute recent media interviews on the provincial budget

Parkland Institute’s ongoing work on the provincial budget and the Remaking Alberta conference meant that the organization had a tremendous media presence over the course of the days following the provincial budget. Here are links to numerous articles in which Parkland research is covered and staff are interviewed.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010
Op-eds | February 06, 2010

Alberta families pay most in Canada for health, education, and utilities

Albertans are waiting for the provincial budget next week, when it is expected the Conservative government will be cutting health, education, and community services in ways we have not seen since the early 1990s. But Albertans will not just be bracing for larger classes, longer emergency room waits, or fewer services for vulnerable people. Budget cuts also mean families will see more of their take-home pay get eaten up by fees for public services, when we already pay more than any other Canadians for health care, education, child care, and home utilities.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | budget announcements | education | healthcare | service cuts | utilities
Op-eds | February 03, 2010

Revenue the real problem

Now's the time to dip into 'rainy-day' fund, avoid raising taxes

We are on the eve of more budget destruction in Alberta. The recent appointment of Ted Morton as Minister of Finance signals a further move in the direction of budget cuts as indicated by his statements that the “all-you-can-eat buffet” of public services is about to end.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | service cuts | sustainability fund
For Immediate Release | February 03, 2010

New research shows Albertans pay the highest out-of-pocket costs for services

A new fact sheet released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute shows that Albertans are paying more than other Canadians for critical public services.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | public services
Op-eds | December 29, 2009

Time to change Alberta taxation

Cutting social programs not the answer to provincial deficit woes

Most businesses do not choose Alberta due to low taxes, but because of the resource wealth and natural bounty. Those industries cannot thrive without expensive infrastructure, healthy, educated workers, and research and development, all of which require strong and sustainable government revenues.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | social services | taxes
For Immediate Release | December 16, 2009

“Flat Tax” costing Alberta over $5 billion

Think tank says returning to 1999 tax structure would put Alberta in a surplus position

EDMONTON— A new fact sheet released this morning by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute says that the “flat tax,” introduced by Ralph Klein in 2001, is costing the province in excess of $5 billion a year.  Given the projected deficit of $4.3 billion this year, simply returning to the progressive tax structure that existed in 1999 would be more than enough to move the province from a deficit budget to a surplus budget.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | flat tax | social investment | taxes
Op-eds | November 21, 2009

Alberta has a duty to resist health care cuts

The Canadian Institute for Health Information(CIHI) released its most recent health spending data Thursday. The data tell three important stories that have serious implications for the health-care debate.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | healthcare | spending cuts

 

 
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