Equalization reform is possible despite its symbolic mention in our constitution.
Australia’s equalization system allows Tasmania to install regulatory and tax regimes hostile to investment and growth.
Sweden’s complex equalization system encourages less successful areas to compound their relative disadvantage in order to maximize payments. They tend to impose higher tax levels, employ more citizens in the public sector and resist reforms in service delivery that have proven successful in the Stockholm area.
Equalization policies now intensify calls for separatism in Belgium.
Manitoba’s Auditor General Jon Singleton’s powerpoint presentation to Frontier Centre Breakfast on the Frontier March 11, 2004
SUMMARY: Under the present formula for equalization, Manitoba has received over three times Saskatchewan’s entitlement over the program’s lifetime. The extra money has allowed more spending in Manitoba and a proportionately larger public sector. OBSERVATIONS: Due to the equalization formula’s …
A 3 part series on making equalization a transformational policy..