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Province announces 2010 budget


By Energeticcity.ca staff


The Provincial Government has announced its 2010 budget.

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There’s little in it for the Northeast, and it’s much the same across the province.

Locally, the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project is included in the 2010 budget.  After contributing $50 million to the project last year, the province has pledged another $215 million, up until 2012. 

Meanwhile, projects that were given the green-light last year are also included in the budget.

The Fort Nelson Recreation Complex received word last fall that it will get $5 million from the province, to go towards the more than $30 million facility.

More than $1 million has also been pledged to the already-completed Pouce Coupe Fire Hall.

And, the Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek will begin working on its nursing facilities expansion program, which received $2.5 million in joint federal and provincial funding.

But, there were no new infrastructure projects outlined for the North Peace in the 2010 budget.

This year’s budget focuses on three areas, including funding vital public services, cutting back on spending, and continuing to stimulate and sustain economic growth.

The Liberals’ resource ministries have had their budgets cut by more than $300 million. About the only sports-related initiative is $60 million for a Sports and Arts Legacy programing, which comes on the heels of massive sports and arts cuts.

The budget also includes the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax, which is expected to take effect at the beginning of July. B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen says the Liberals plan to use revenues from the HST, to fund rising health care costs.

The deficit is estimated to meet the target of $2.8 billion.

The Province is aiming for a balanced budget by 2013/2014.


For a copy of the provincial budget, click on the attachment below.

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