Province gathering public input on budget

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotians are invited to share their ideas for moving Nova Scotia forward as Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald continues her pre-budget consultation.

"For the past three years, we have been working with Nova Scotians to get the provincial finances under control, while at the same time, investing in health care, education, infrastructure, and jobs," MacDonald said in a news release on Tuesday. "Now, as we work on the next budget, I want to hear about people's priorities and what ideas they have for moving of our province forward."

MacDonald has already met with groups in the Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Pictou County. She will be visiting Mahone Bay and Bridgewater today. She will also visit Sydney (Feb. 1), Truro (Feb. 5) and the Annapolis Valley (Feb. 12).

There are many ways people and groups can share ideas with the finance minister: attend a locally sponsored event, talk with the local MLA, e-mail financeminister@gov.ns.ca, tweet to @NSFinance, or send a letter to the minister at, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 187, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N3.

"Budgets are about making choices, and at a time when Canada and provinces are facing fiscal challenges caused by the global economic crisis, it becomes even more important to maintain discipline and stay focused on our priorities," said MacDonald. "This consultation is a good opportunity for Nova Scotians to have their say as we get ready for the economic opportunities ahead of us."

Organizations: Department of Finance

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia Pictou County Mahone Bay Sydney Canada

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  • Arthur Sinclair
    January 29, 2013 - 14:31

    Stop giving big business money and give workers a tax break. Giving workers and low income people a tax break will stimulate the economy require less i the way of wages and make industry more competitive. Lower taxes for workers and low income people causes increased consumer spending, leading to higher profits in the retail sector leading to more taxes to the provincial government.Giving big business lower taxes just increases their bottom line, just take a look at the Bush tax breaks and what happened to jobs in the good ole USA. A recession with the loss of nine million jobs was the result with ober a trillion dollar deficit and a down grading from triple a to double a rating by Standardand Poores. You cant argue with history, but you can choose to ignore it. That is where ignorance begins.