Tax on textbooks is one more smack at province’s students: Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

It’s a question the Advanced Education and Skills Minister couldn’t answer, but NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) finally got a response today during the finance estimates.

Post-secondary students in the province will have to pay the Liberal’s newly-imposed book tax when they purchase textbooks necessary for studies. Michael says owning the books is not optional, and some students will be looking at paying more than $100 dollars extra per semester.

“At Memorial University the Heart of Darkness is $16.00, Microelectronic Circuits is $250 dollars plus tax and Supply Chain Logistics Management is $303.95 plus tax,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.

“We learned in Estimates today that post-secondary students will have to pay taxes on their textbooks.

“I ask the Premier to explain to the young people of this province why he is laying another burden on their already debt-heavy shoulders.”

Michael also had questions about the $20 million government is holding back to leverage federal infrastructure funding, focusing on post-secondary infrastructure and clean waste water initiatives.

“Given the crying need we have for infrastructure funding, why have you set aside such a pittance?” she asked the premier.

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