Budget Consultation Report Released
Prince George, B.C. – The report developed as a result of budget consultation across B.C. has been released, and it makes more than 100 recommendations on how the Province should allocate its dollars in the development of Budget 2017.Top priorities identified by those who attended the sessions or made submissions include; Health , Education , fiscal prudence and debt reduction, investment in natural resource sector, environment, affordable housing, transit and transportation infrastructure.
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services makes a number of recommendations on each of the identified priorities including:
- Health: Conduct a review of other jurisdictions in order to determine alternative models for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium system. Make improvements to community care and supports for seniors, general increases to health care funding, services and supports for those with brain injuries, physical disabilities and for those living with mental health or addictions related challenges.
- K-12 education: increases to capital and operational funding, and additional programming funding to support implementation of the new curriculum.
- Advanced education: review the current student loans program, plus improvements to capital and operational funding
- Fiscal policy; the Committee recommends a focus on fiscal prudence and responsible budgeting,
- Recommends an affordable childcare plan and more funding for child development and family supports
- Transportation: more accessible transportation options, public transit, transportation infrastructure, as well as active transportation (cycling and walking).
The Committee held 14 public hearings throughout the province and heard 236 presentations from various organizations and individuals, either in person or through the use of teleconference or videoconferencing. There were a further 137 written or video submissions and 332 responses to the online survey.
The full report can be accessed by clicking here.