Tories plan to examine the "strategic placement" of tolls on New Brunswick's highways.
The legislative assembly motions to adjourn. Stay logged on as we get more reactions to the 2011-12 budget.
RT @thomjeff: I'd give #nbbudget a 7/10. Like to have seen more on spend cut & HST inc. Suggestion: A report card on all fronts, in 6 months #nbpoli
RT @Rosellam The NB government has announced the end of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, created by legislation in 1977.
Government of New Brunswick Notice to all Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers
Effective 12:01, March 23, 2011, New Brunswick’s Tobacco Tax rate will increase by 5.25¢ per cigarette, 5.25¢ per tobacco stick and 5.25¢ per gram on all other tobacco products, except cigars.
Consequently, all registered Tobacco Retailers as well as all registered Tobacco Wholesalers who maintain a tax paid inventory must take an inventory count of all tobacco products, except cigars, as of 12:01 a.m. on March 23, 2011 as they will be required to remit the difference in tobacco tax on this inventory, calculated between the old and the new tax rates.
The Department of Finance will be communicating with tobacco retailers and wholesalers to provide them with specific information and tax remittance forms for the purpose of remitting any additional tax that applies to their inventory, resulting from the increase in the tax rate.
Kevin Lacey, Canadian Taxpayers Federation:
"This is a nickle and dime budget and ultimately the biggest tax, one of the biggest tax increases, is gas taxes. The average family is going to pay about $85 more per car that they have and given the state of the economy, here in New Brunswick, we are very concerned about that."
RT @LutherJHarrity: Glad the budget is out, overall I'm pretty happy with it. Can't wait for PNB to be out of the red. When was the last time? #nbbudget
Luc Erjavec, Canadian Restaurant & Food Services Association:
"The food service industry is one of the biggest industries in the province, employing 24,000 people and we think that this budget strikes a balance and is a receipt for economic growth in all the communities of the province."
Shannon Carmont-McKinley, UNB Student Union:
"The government has mandated or is allowing us a $200 increase in tuition for the upcoming year, it works out at UNB to a two or three per cent increase."
"It may not seem like a lot in a dollar amount, but what is concerning to us is that it is increasing more than the rate of inflation for the families of New Brunswick and the students of New Brunswick."
RT @graeme_sr: #nbpoli gas tax hike should have much bigger, it's the only way to ween NB off of one of the worst car dependencies in Canada
RT @DeniseMiller76: #nbpoli This budget is a joke. How is raising gas taxes not effecting ordinary New Brunswickers. #whatajoke
RT @klamrock: I think the Alward government is increasingly defined by what it won't do more than what it will do. #nbpoli #nbbudget
RT @adamcharris Should have raised HST and moved forward with road tolls....low-hanging fruit that would have made a dif in balancing #NBbudget #NBpoli
RT @klamrock: When Libs killed parental contrib.rule, 2 parents earning $33K each had to find $7K or no loan for student. Unrealistic. #nbpoli #nbbudget
David Plante, Manufacturers and Exporters Association:
"While we commend government for maintaining its pledges in terms of income tax rates, the reality is there are tax increases in this budget and the improved fiscal situation of some $292million is largely due to those increases, as well as one time occurrences that still leave New Brunswick in a very challenged and unsustainable situation."
Liberal opposition reacts to Tory budget
FREDERICTON - The Liberals are looking for more from today's New Brunswick budget.
Opposition finance critic Donald Arseneault says many of the Tory campaign promises are not mentioned, while the government is talking about possible cuts in health and education.
He says when Blaine Higgs talks about health and education, the finance minister is saying there are too many schools and hospitals.
The New Brunswick spokeswoman for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is giving the budget a passing grade, but Andreea Bourgeois says it could have cut deeper.
She says the cuts in the corporate and small business tax rates are welcome, but she worries increases in other areas will hurt.
Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the increase in the gas tax will cost the average New Brunswicker another 85 dollars a year per vehicle.
Lacey says while he's pleased the government didn't increase the HST, he doesn't think the government did enough to cut spending.
(The Canadian Press)
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