Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Recommendations for Alberta

Hennig lays it out:

  • Restricting all in-year unbudgeted spending, and hold program spending to no more than $26.3 billion for 2006-07;
  • Roll back the Fiscal Responsibility Act to 2003 levels and only budget to spend the first $3.5 billion of resource revenues;
  • Increase the size of the Sustainability Fund from $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion and index it to inflation starting in 2007-08;
  • Link public sector workers (nurses, teachers, doctors, MLAs, government employees) wage increases to what the private sector gets;
  • Quit stalling on health care reform, and remove any legislative barriers necessary to allow private competition and address the findings in the Chaouilli decision;
  • Stop spending all of our resource revenues and start banking them, so that Albertans can begin to see sustainable long-term tax relief rather than one-time payments;
  • Reduce corporate income taxes to 8% as promised;
  • Amend the Alberta Taxpayer Protection Act so that any new tax or increase in taxes must first be approved by Albertans in a referendum;
  • Require transparency in the reporting of any reduction of provincial education property taxes.

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