Budget 2017

NDP AESL Critic Lorraine Michael

As MUN students protested proposed tuition and fee changes, NDP Caucus members said that a series of government decisions has downloaded the costs of Muskrat Falls to students and their families.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government is just paying lip service to pressing needs in the school system while doing as little as possible to fix the problem.

“The $500,000 announced in the budget for student assistants falls far short of what is needed for inclusive education,” said Michael.

 

Anyone listening only to government talking points could be excused for thinking that Budget 2017, delivered last week, was good news. However, aside from, some relief on the new gasoline tax, everything about the new budget is the same as the old one.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

As Budget Day looms in Newfoundland and Labrador, the NDP caucus is concerned there will be a repeat of last year’s kneejerk, short-sighted decisions that cut expenditures without any apparent regard for the future societal and economic harm that would be caused by the cuts. MHAs Lorraine Michael (St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) and Gerry Rogers (St.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

It’s not unusual for the House of Assembly to pass an interim supply bill in March. What is unusual, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael, is for a government to have no other legislation prepared for debate. Currently in the House, MHAs are standing in succession to speak on a bill that every member will inevitably vote to support.

 

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