Project put big numbers in context

Commentary, Taxation, Peter McCaffrey

The StarPhoenix editorial Think tank lacks thought (SP, Jan. 27) about the Frontier Centre’s Responsible Budgeting project explained that trying to compare the amount of money that a provincial government spends on health care or housing to the amount spent …

A budget that’s balanced

Commentary, Taxation, Graham Lane

Finance Minister Jennifer Howard seeks advice for the 2014-15 provincial budget. Does she truly want advice, or is the offer made to provide the illusion that government listens to taxpayers? In the 2011 election, the NDP pledged no tax increases. …

Second-quarter financials alarming

Commentary, Taxation, Graham Lane

Based on Finance Minister Jennifer Howard’s recent update on her government’s financial situation, taxpayers should be alarmed. Despite the unexpected tax and fee hikes of the last two years, she not only expects a deficit of close to $500 million …