Lib­eral bud­get missed glar­ing op­por­tu­nity

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

Is the pro­vin­cial bud­get a make­work scheme for sur­plus civil ser­vants that sub­si­dizes the St. John’s econ­omy with taxpayers’ money from all around the prov­ince?

The half-bil­lion-dol­lar oil wind­fall may be an evil in dis­guise if it al­lows the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to de­fer the cuts to the civil ser­vice that are forc­ing the rest of the prov­ince to sub­si­dize the St. John’s econ­omy.

Even the gov­ern­ment’s own fig­ures put the num­ber of pub­lic em­ploy­ees in the prov­ince at 6,000 to 8,000 above the num­ber we had in 1997, be­fore Danny Wil­liams and his co­horts packed the pub­lic ser­vice with un­nec­es­sary em­ploy­ees.

If the Dwight Ball gov­ern­ment aimed for an $800-mil­lion deficit and got an ex­tra half bil­lion from left field, it should have brought in a $300-mil­lion deficit.

By not do­ing so it’s miss­ing its best chance to put our fi­nances on a steady and sus­tain­able ba­sis. Peter Fen­wick

Cape St. Ge­orge

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