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Entries Tagged as 'tax cuts'

BC has plenty of room to increase taxes

March 19th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Taxes

by Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova and Shannon Daub (previously run by the Tyee here) Our last post argued that British Columbians are open to tax increases, and that the province would be well advised to increase revenues so that we can invest in services that improve our quality of life (such as affordable child care, […]

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The Shifting Terrain of Taxes in BC: Budget signals new openness to tax increases

March 3rd, 2013 · · Comments Off · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

[The following piece was also published on The Tyee here.] These are certainly interesting times. For all the faults in last week’s BC Budget (and there were many), it’s worth noting that the conversation about taxes has fundamentally shifted, and in a welcome direction. After vigorously insisting for years that tax increases would be ruinous […]

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Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canada’s tax system needs a “fairness” overhaul and presents a framework for progressive tax reform. Those of you who have been following our tax work so far will find this study a great complement to the BC Tax Options Paper. Tax policy is […]

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More twists and turns in the dubious economics of LNGs

February 8th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

This morning the newspapers bring news that the natural gas industry is seeking tax breaks for developing liquified natural gas (LNG) plants. Apparently the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is asking for increased capital cost allowances , which would cost the federal government as much as $2 billion over seven years in foregone revenues. The […]

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Progressive tax options for BC or how to raise needed revenues and make our tax system more fair

January 30th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In a new report we released this week, Seth Klein and I show there’s a clear need of tax reform in BC, both to raise new revenues and to make our tax system more fair (Vancouver Sun oped here, CTV News story here). As the report’s title suggest, this is all about options. Instead of […]

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A decade of eroding tax fairness in BC demands progressive tax reform

May 23rd, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Taxes

(with Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova) Most British Columbians would agree that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes. And most assume that the wealthy pay more, not only in straight dollars, but also a higher tax rate as a share of their income. So most would probably be shocked to learn that, in […]

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BC’s Top 1%: Doing fabulous, thank you

October 11th, 2011 · · 9 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

Occupy Wall Street has shone new light on the growing gap between the richest 1% and the rest of us (the 99 percenters). But that’s the U.S. right? Surely, our reality is different, eh? As the occupy movement comes to Canada in the coming week, we don’t really have reason to copy these American trouble-makers, […]

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Hochstein and the demand to cut union wages

August 8th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Municipalities, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

Last week Philip Hochstein had an op-ed in the Vancouver Province accusing municipalities of profligate spending and accusing municipal workers of being vastly overpaid. Hochstein is president of the Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC – representing non union construction corporations. He is the public face of the hard right in British Columbia and has […]

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Christy’s HST “fix”: politics trumps good policy

May 26th, 2011 · · 18 Comments · Taxes

This is no way to make tax policy. Wednesday’s proposed reforms to the HST provide yet more evidence that what we really need is a Fair Tax Commission –– a full public engagement exercise in which the entire tax regime is on the table, and people can deliberate on how we want to raise the […]

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Corporate tax cuts haven’t delivered

March 23rd, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Taxes

Yesterday I debated an economist from the Fraser Institute on CBC radio about the Federal Budget. One of the points of contention (and indeed, one of the core issues around which this budget will likely bring down the government) was the matter and merits of corporate tax cuts. My point: corporate tax cuts simply have […]

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