Province asking for public input on taxes
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Province asking for public input on taxes

Deputy premier Diana Whalen

Over the next nine weeks, Nova Scotia’s finance minister is going to the public for their thoughts on the tax system, and what should be included in the upcoming budget.

Diana Whalen said sessions will be held right across the province with a very specific goal.

“This is a public meeting that we’re sponsoring,” she said. “And we’re inviting the public to come and help us talk about taxes, in the context of: how do taxes affect our economic prosperity and the kind of future we want here in Nova Scotia?”

The first meeting gets underway this evening at Mount St. Vincent University with an information session scheduled for 6 p.m. and discussions set to run from 7 until 9 p.m.

More information on the consultation, including dates and times for other meetings, is available on the province’s website.

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Peter gregoroff

Any simplified tax structure is alright, just as long as the government earnestly tries to eliminate our Provincial debt. I understand the pros and cons regarding a consumption tax, and feel that as long as essential items such food and home heating costs are exempt, the poor won’t be unduly burdened with this type of tax. Please keep government spending to a minimum until the debt is paid off. To me the debt to GDP ratio is a red herring. If the government devises a plan to eliminate the debt, we will be in a better long term position for providing the services that we desire. Both Federally and Provincially our debt is the proverbial elephant in the room. Any government that seriously tries to eliminate our debt will gain my support.

January 20, 2015 at 10:53 am