Provincial government looks for local budget feedback

Flin Flon residents will have a chance to tell the provincial government what they want to see in the 2020 budget. A consultation will take place at Flin Flon City Hall Jan. 14 starting at 10:30 a.m.

“The province welcomes suggestions on how government spending and revenue should be prioritized, as well as suggested efficiencies and ideas for innovative ways to save money while ensuring services are available,” a press release from the government reads.

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Flin Flon is one of 10 locations where the province will be visiting looking for feedback. There will be a meeting in Swan River later in the day following the Flin Flon meeting.

The public meetings are not the only way Manitobans can engage with the budgeting process. The government will conduct a telephone survey over the course of January and has set up an email (budget2020@gov.mb.ca) to receive written feedback.

More specific feedback can be given on engagemb.ca. The website features a public survey and budget building tool so Manitobans can decide how they want the government to spend.

“Building the provincial budget requires finding balance between our revenues and expenditures. Nearly 70 per cent of our revenues (around $11.4 billion) are from taxes and various fees,” the website reads.

The other 30 per cent of provincial revenue comes from the federal government through equalization payments.

The provincial government and ruling Progressive Conservative Party stated they have five priorities in the 2020 budget – a $2,020 tax rollback guarantee, $2 billion in health care spending, 20 new schools across Manitoba, a new job plan and the provincial “Made in Manitoba” climate and green plan.

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