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Notley promises spending in Alta. budget despite revenue squeeze

Provincial NDP leader did, however, hit at some cuts as the province works to balance its books.


September 25, 2015
by The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Premier Rachel Notley says the Alberta government will maintain public-sector services and not lay off workers despite a drop in revenue.

Notley gave some hints about the NDP’s first provincial budget next month in a speech to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association in Calgary.

She warned there will be some program cuts, since the government wants to return to a balanced budget as soon as possible.

Notley also suggested there will be some cash allocated for what she called “shovel-ready” projects at the municipal level.

The premier declined to say when asked by reporters if Albertans could face tax increases when the budget is released in late October.

She did indicate she believes Albertans are willing to pay for their health and education.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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