" Tuesday, announcing plans to privatize the liquor distribution branch, increase MSP premiums and some business taxes, and to sell off hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus government properties.
" Falcon said his government will cancel a drop in the small business income tax rate, keeping it at 2.5 per cent instead of dropping it to zero as had been planned for this coming April.
Kevin Falcon has chosen to tax small business, not corporations, notice the word IF in the below statement
No money for education, education budget frozen for 4 years, nothing for inflation, education funding will fall again as inflation takes its toll..
Money for healthcare being scaled back,
"Jim Sinclair of the B.C. Federation of Labour called the budget tailor made for the top one per cent of wage earners in B.C.
"If you're an ordinary person, you're going to pay more for everything, including MSP premiums and at the end of the day you're worse off," he said.
" British Columbia Teachers' Federation president gave the budget a failing grade.
"This is a fiscal failure of gargantuan proportions," she said.
"We calculated, looking at the operating budget this year, that it would cost about $137 million just to keep up with inflation alone," she added.
"If you take the $30 million the finance minister has allowed for public education, that means $100 million cut to public education next year," she said, predicting "deep cuts" to class size and the prospect of more school closures"
" Mary Ellen Turpel-Lanfond, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth, was also highly critical, calling Tuesday's budget "callous" and a "U-Turn from [Premier Christy Clark's] families first agenda".
"On the sale of government assets, Falcon said government plans to generate $706 million by selling select assets in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.Falcon said one of the key assets it hopes to sell is the liquor distribution branch, a move he said is fashioned to allow government to "get out of a business we don't need to be in."