Monday, May 14, 2018

Julie Ali I think Alberta needs to look at the compensation paid to folks in the government of Alberta as well as the ABCs. The agencies, boards and commissions are paid a hefty amount of cash. Do we get value from the ABCS and from all the employees? I'd say no. I'd encourage scrutiny of deliverables. If there are none, why are we paying these salaries? I'd say there needs to be a pruning of a major sort and money directed to the front lines. Why do we have advocates for eg who have no legislative powers? Why not remove these offices that are simply window dressing for government and put the money into services for citizens with disabilties. Where is the money going that the federal government provided for revamping of mental health services? Why do we pay so much to folks at AIMCo? Millions of dollars for staff to pump up the public sector pension funds that could use indexed funds without the high prices. Just what are we paying for? The rich in the public sector to get richer? Meanwhile families are unable to afford these luxuries in the private sector. Public sector costs too high and will be cut in the next election. We're not going to keep paying for the luxuries we can't enjoy ourselves. Manage Like · Reply · 1m

Our op-ed, which first ran in the Edmonton Journal, has also been picked up by the Calgary Herald! Our public services must be protected and revitalized by overhauling our tax system. Learn more about our campaign by visiting www.RevenueReno.ca
"Albertans want to see our public services strengthened, not cut. While the recent budget’s hopes of high levels of resource revenue returning are a better alternative than massive cuts, that path is not sustainable. Resource revenues just don’t exist at the levels they used to. Even in the unlikely event that high resource revenues return for a time, they would be better saved for future generations, rather than spent on our year-to-year operations.
The hopeful news in the budget is that the problem is not our economy — it’s our tax system, which is much easier to fix. The government’s budget documents show that our tax system is grossly inferior to that of every other province in the country at raising revenue. Applying the tax system of any other province to Alberta would raise us a minimum of $11.2 billion in additional annual revenue, more than covering the projected $8.8-billion deficit in this year’s budget.
Protecting our public services from cuts is perhaps the most important reason to fix our tax system, but there are also other good reasons to do so. Universal pharmaceutical coverage becoming part of our public health-care system could happen quite quickly and would actually be a net savings for Albertans through lower drug costs and a healthier population.
Classroom conditions in our schools have been slowly deteriorating, and the provincial budget’s plan to continue on that path is disturbing. Nevertheless, fixing our revenue shortage could change by moving toward reasonable class sizes and better supports for the complex needs of today’s classrooms."
By Joel FrenchAlberta’s latest provincial budget is being judged less for the things it did and more for what it didn’t do.It did not make any changes to the province’s tax…
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Grant Litwyn We need to cut out the wasted tax money first!
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Pat Cuthbert Or maybe at the same time?
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Alfredo Louro What wasted tax money? Give an example.
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Grant Litwyn Seriously?? OK.....
How about former Alberta Premier Alison Redford: For her ill-advised penthouse “skypalace” – for which the creation of the plans alone cost $173,000 – and which resulted in such absurdities as an orphaned $832,000 Zamboni storage s
hed which had its accompanying skating rink cancelled due to cost overruns.

And The Alberta School Boards Association: For spending $41,000 on such baubles as an adult Easter egg hunt and off-site planning events at luxury hotels.

And let's not forget, the failed license plate change.

http://www.cbc.ca/.../alberta-licence-plate-redesign...

Which had it gone through, would have cost Alberta around 15 million. But after it was voted down only cost about 10 thousand. 

Let's look at Alberta spent nearly $114,000 on more than a dozen unoccupied rooms at a five-star hotel in London during the Summer Olympic Games. The province had planned to send 47 people to London to promote Alberta tourism, but scaled back, leaving the rooms at the $850-a-night Le Meridien Piccadilly empty.

And Alberta’s Conservative government dropped $70,000 on a caucus retreat to the luxurious Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to brainstorm how to trim the province’s $3-billion deficit.

And Allaudin Merali, a former CFO with Alberta Health Services, expensed taxpayers for more than $346,000—including $900 spent at a wine store. Merali also expensed $1,750 for repairs to his Mercedes and $2,300 for a new car phone. His punishment? No severance package.

http://www.macleans.ca/.../99-stupid-things-the.../

And that's just the waste that has been reported.
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Kirk Turner Grant Litwyn , cutting small stuff won’t amount to billions in savings.
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Grant Litwyn If you watch the pennies you can save dollars, that is exactly how savings work . Also my examples are proof that the government does not do anything to use our money wisely, there is very little accountability. It's the equivalent of giving a 10 year old a million dollars turning them loose in a candy store.
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Pat Cuthbert Grant Litwyn I am surprised that in your inventory of cost savings you did not mention all the money that the government is sending to international corporations to "mkae" them stay in Alberta. How about the lost earnings from the reduced royalties that the government gives the multinationals? There are so many places that we can save money , if you have the guts.
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Kirk Turner the only way to get to billions in savings is cut big. Like Klein did.
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Pat Cuthbert But Klein cut the wrong places.
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Janet Tremblay Corporations and the 1% need to start paying there fair share!!
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Dale D'Silva And we can use the ATB (100% Alberta taxpayer owned bank) for all govt loans. Paying interest to support local people and infrastructure - instead of funneling it upwards and out of the province and country to foreign shareholders.

If everyone in Albe
rta switched their residential mortgage over to the ATB, billions of interest would be placed in the govt coffers, instead of being extracted by private banking.

Yet few know this, and even fewer talk about it! The simplest solution - and the original SoCred root of the Alberta Advantage!
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Jack Meyer When NDP took over I told our Finance Minister CECI, to monetize the bank and use it for Alberta and the Answer was no.
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Julie Ali I think Alberta needs to look at the compensation paid to folks in the government of Alberta as well as the ABCs. The agencies, boards and commissions are paid a hefty amount of cash. Do we get value from the ABCS and from all the employees? I'd say no. I'd encourage scrutiny of deliverables. If there are none, why are we paying these salaries? I'd say there needs to be a pruning of a major sort and money directed to the front lines. Why do we have advocates for eg who have no legislative powers? Why not remove these offices that are simply window dressing for government and put the money into services for citizens with disabilties. Where is the money going that the federal government provided for revamping of mental health services? Why do we pay so much to folks at AIMCo? Millions of dollars for staff to pump up the public sector pension funds that could use indexed funds without the high prices. Just what are we paying for? The rich in the public sector to get richer? Meanwhile families are unable to afford these luxuries in the private sector. Public sector costs too high and will be cut in the next election. We're not going to keep paying for the luxuries we can't enjoy ourselves.
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