April 16, 2013
The Manitoba government presented its 2013 budget in the legislature today. Budget highlights include:
The Manitoba Federation of Labour accepts that new revenue needs to be raised to to avoid deep cuts to front-line services and jobs, and to maintain infrastructure investments. However, the MFL is concerned that the budget asks working families to pay more without asking corporations and upper income earners to pay more of their fair share.
“Manitobans have told us they want those who have benefited most from the billion dollars in tax cuts over the past decade to contribute their faire share,” said MFL President Kevin Rebeck.
The MFL welcomes the minimum wage increase, but is concerned that it does not move Manitoba much closer to a living wage.
“A 20 cents increase will help the working poor keep up with inflation, but it doesn’t get them to a living wage,” said Rebeck. “Everyone who works full time should be able to earn a decent living.”
Although the budget avoided deep cuts, the MFL is concerned that overall program spending is down, and that 600 jobs will be lost.
“Cutting 600 jobs from the civil service is not a good way to support economic recovery,” said Rebeck.