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BC Budget Day

/ 97.3 The Eagle

Premier Christy Clark’s government has indicated it’s ready to spend money in today’s provincial budget, but the lineup for the surplus cash is long and expensive. Finance Minister Mike de Jong (Young) has said the Children and Family Development Ministry can expect a budget increase, and the government needs to find extra money for education following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of B-C teachers last year. Lobby groups on the left and right of the political spectrum are also calling on the government to scrap medical services premiums which have been rising for years and contributed 2.5 billion dollars to government coffers last year. This is expected to be B-C’s fifth consecutive balanced budget, and earlier forecasts have pegged the surplus at 2.2 billion dollars.

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