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Honourable Minister of Finance, government officials, delegates and participants, I am pleased to present the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba budget submission.  The CCPA is Canada’s leading progressive research institute. We publish peer-reviewed research on a range of public policy issues.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press December 18, 2023
The following is an open letter to the Premier and Government of Manitoba. We are looking for more signatures to this letter, both organizations and individuals.  We will re-release the letter with a larger group of signatures early in the new year.  December 13, 2023 Dear Premier Kinew and the Manitoba Government,
The last few years have been quite the ride. Navigating the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, government support, and the cost of living has been a social and economic rollercoaster in many respects, leaving many wondering if things will ever settle down. Despite the push to move on, the effects of COVID-19 are still with us: lost loved ones, long-term disability, delayed surgeries, amplified mental health challenges, homelessness, and students trying to catch up.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press November 13, 2023 ON Oct. 3, Manitobans elected a new government which, like its predecessors, has promised to balance the provincial budget. The previous government’s program of tax breaks and cuts to public services should be a wake-up call to the incoming administration. Cutting costs on the backs of public sector workers has had disastrous consequences for the public sector and, indeed, for all Manitobans.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 5, 2023
Statistical analysis of the Manitoba Government Budget 2023 changes to the Basic Personal Amount (BPA) and income tax brackets find the top 10% are slated to get 26% of the total tax savings, equivalent to an average tax cut of $1,322 for everyone in the top decile in 2024. The average savings of all tax filers will be $502 a person while the average savings for the bottom 20% of tax filers will be $37 a person.
Claim: “Budget 2023 removes 47,400 low-income Manitobans from the tax rolls and saves the average family $1,000” Impact: More of the Basic Personal Amount tax change money will go to Manitoba’s richest 10% than the bottom 50% combined. The poorest 10% (100,100 Manitobans) get no benefit from this change as they don’t make enough to be on the tax rolls currently. The second-poorest 10%  (990,900 Manitobans) saves only $74 by the increase in the Basic Personal Amount.
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