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Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova | While arguments about deficits and "who is the better fiscal manager" may make for entertaining politics, there is no compelling economic reason why B.C. cannot run a few years of modest deficits.
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Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova, Shannon Daub | Most British Columbians are prepared to pay a little more of their income in taxes, provided it results in better access to public services, less poverty, and a healthier environment.
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BC Tax Revenues By Source As a Share of GDP, 2000/01 and 2011/12/ Iglika Ivanova
Seth Klein | For all the faults in last week's B.C. Budget (and there were many), it's worth noting that the conversation about taxes has fundamentally shifted, and in a welcome direction.
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Keith Reynolds | Maybe we have a balanced budget, but if we do it comes at the price of reckless and continuous undermining of education and social supports in B.C.
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Janine Farrell | The centrepiece of the B.C. government's response to the crisis in B.C.'s care system was the announcement that it would create an Office of the Seniors Advocate.
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Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan. Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Janine Farrell | The provincial government has done little to take up valuable recommendations on seniors issues raised by the Ombudsperson, and neither the throne speech or budget contained plans to do so in future.
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Marc Lee | As we close out 2012, B.C. finds itself in some precarious economic waters. Looking forward, the economic ball is in the government's court.
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Marc Lee | What we really need is a strategic management framework that winds down our gas reserves over the next couple of decades, transitions to a zero carbon economy, and on the way provides revenues.