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BC NDP budget update brings relief for working families

BC NDP budget update brings relief for working families

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.

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