ontario budget

11:16AM
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Ford’s first budget—will it continue Wynne’s spend-fest

In 2018/19, the Ontario government expects to spend approximately $12.6 billion more than it collects.


12:03PM
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Big deficits or slash-and-burn—the Ford government’s false choice

A nominal total spending freeze would mean annual reductions in inflation-adjusted per-person spending of about three per cent.


9:57AM
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On spending and deficits—if nothing changes, nothing changes

Despite Premier Ford’s rhetoric, government spending in Ontario will still be up markedly this year.


11:32AM
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Mini-budget an early test of Ford government resolve

If Queen’s Park reduces spending by $5 billion, it could eliminate two-thirds of the provincial deficit.


1:27PM
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Dear Premier Ford, please look forward—not back

If the government exercises spending restraint, it can eliminate Ontario’s $15 billion deficit in roughly three years.


8:32AM
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Balance Ontario’s budget now—not later

Ontario has a debt burden of more than $300 billion.


11:52AM
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This year, the government expects to add $16.8 billion to the province’s net debt.


3:17PM
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The Wynne government’s budget raises most middle tax rates and adjusts income thresholds.


10:24AM
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This year’s budget plans to increase program spending by 6.1 per cent this year.