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Bindle: 2019/2020 Budget Shows Province Is Keeping Promises

The 2019-2020 provincial budget shows that the Pallister Government is keeping their promises to Manitobans.

 

That’s what Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle told Arctic Radio News when asked about the recently released document.

 

Bindle said that by shopping smarter, reducing red tape and getting better results, the Province is able to fulfil their mandate to reduce the deficit by at least $100M per year, while increasing spending on healthcare by $118M and by $135M on education.

 

He went on to say that the PST cut is the largest tax cut in Manitoba’s history and will help save the average family of four around $500 annually.

 

Bindle said that the drop from eight to seven percent PST will help government agencies save around $16M each year, which will allow local governments and school divisions to balance their budgets without raising taxes.

 

The northern MLA shared comments from Dominion Bond Rating Service vice president Paul LeBane, who said that the financial situation in the province was deteriorating every year under the NDP administration, and that the situation is improving every year under Premier Pallister.

 

He also shared words from Jonathan Alward, the Canadian Federation of Business’ director of provincial affairs for Manitoba.

 

Alward said that the Province is showing that it understands what small business owners face here in Manitoba, and that the PST cut will provide roughly $325M annually in savings to help businesses offset other tax increases.

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