Bud­get 2016 will lead to re­ces­sion

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Wanda White, Broad Cove

A short while ago, the gov­ern­ment of this prov­ince stood in the House of Assem­bly and in­tro­duced a bud­get that was to re­flect the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of the prov­ince. What I heard was a bud­get destined to bring the prov­ince to its knees.

We were hit with a bud­get so bru­tal that it has the peo­ple gasp­ing for air! Ser­vices are being cut with­out con­sid­er­ing the con­se­quences to the peo­ple: five courts clos­ing, 54 li­braries left with no fund­ing, den­tal (65 and older), health care and pre­scrip­tion drug fund­ing (OTC) ended and fees to over 300 items from camp­ing to fish­ing li­censes to in­sur­ance to auto reg­is­tra­tion have in­creased.

Fi­nally, for now at least, the levy (which is just an­other tax) placed upon us.

Had the levy been ap­plied fairly across the board at one rate for all, 1.5 per cent, we would per­haps not minded so much, but it was ap­plied to lessen with more in­come earned.

As the levy is now: If you earned $25,000, you paid 1.5 per cent equal­ing $300 per year but if you earn say $400,000 you pay only .18 of 1 per cent or $900. If it had been the same rate ( 1.5 per cent) across all in­comes the per­son with the $400,000 in­come would have to pay a pro­por­tion­ally fairer amount of $6,000.

Cor­po­ra­tions — of course — sar­casm in­tended were left out of the equa­tion for the levy. Both points are NOT fair to the av­er­age per­son but it is es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult for those liv­ing with in­comes un­der $40,000.

I am dis­ap­pointed at a gov­ern­ment who ar­gues that this bud­get course is nec­es­sary. It is not! It will hurt us dra­mat­i­cally. It shows them as an en­tity that cares only for the dol­lar, not for what it will do to the peo­ple on a per­sonal level with less money to sur­vive. Some can­not do it now with­out food bank help.

On a fi­nan­cial level, some will lose their homes and their ve­hi­cles. They say that it will hurt our econ­omy be­cause they make no pro­vi­sion for growth, no job cre­ation, no in­vest­ment for the fu­ture of New­found­land and Labrador.

Bud­get 2016, as I see it will leave us as we were in the Great De­pres­sion. It will leave us a des­ti­tute peo­ple, while King Dwight and Queen Cathy rule the peas­ants from the cas­tle on the hill. Peo­ple are an­gry and the peas­ants are be­gin­ning to re­volt.

We will not be left preg­nant, hun­gry and bare­foot in the kitchen left bare by a gov­ern­ment with no heart.

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