Working families will see some relief and new opportunities thanks to the NDP government.
President of the BC Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger “It’s a big job to fix the mess created by the BC Liberals, and this budget is a good start.”
The new budget will include increased taxes on high-income earners and corporations, funding to restore Adult basic education and almost 500 million dollars for a $100 per month increase in social assistance rates.
Part of the BCFED’s ongoing Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign is the call for a poverty reduction strategy. And Lanzinger says she’s pleased to see a number of spending commitments that underpin a poverty reduction plan reflected in the budget.
On the employment front, Lanzinger says a three-year commitment of $15 billion in capital funding to build schools, health facilities, housing, and transit will create good-paying construction jobs and build much-needed infrastructure.