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Entries Tagged as 'Taxes'

The problem with the Fraser Institute’s consumer tax index

August 27th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Every summer, the Fraser Institute releases a report pointing out the average family now spends more on taxes than food, clothing and shelter. But is it really a bad thing that as our economy grows we spend less of our income on basic survival and more on better education, better health, parks, environmental protection and […]

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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy

April 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to support modest income people wanting to […]

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If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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How have taxes changed over the last half century

August 12th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Taxes

The Fraser Institute’s annual Consumer Tax Index report generated some media buzz with its outlandish claims about just how much taxes have risen since 1961. Before you get worked up about this, consider that 1961 was over half a century ago, before the time of universal health care that we all benefit from, before the […]

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How to fund improvements in class-size and composition: a matter of political will

June 3rd, 2014 · · 28 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Taxes

If a compromise is to be reached in the current bargaining between teachers and the government, the long-standing issue of improving class-size and composition must be resolved. The government insists that there is no money to make substantial improvements in this area (notwithstanding multiple court losses telling the province that it must make good on […]

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With BC’s job market stalled, it’s time for a jobs plan that actually works

August 13th, 2013 · · Comments Off on With BC’s job market stalled, it’s time for a jobs plan that actually works · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance

The latest BC job numbers reveal a picture of persistently high unemployment and stalled job creation. Since January, BC’s unemployment rate has been on a roller-coaster ride, down one month and up the next. All in all, here have been very few jobs created in 2013, far fewer than needed to employ our growing working […]

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Are average Canadians paying too much in taxes?

April 24th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On April 23, the Fraser Institute released the annual update of their misleading Consumer Tax Index report. The piece is meant to feed the anti-tax sentiment with numbers sprinkled liberally for their shock value instead of providing any meaningful analysis. Here are some of the main flaws with the report’s methodology. If what follows sounds […]

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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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Your BC income taxes are lower than you think

March 15th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

As we approach tax filing time, here’s a little context regarding your BC income taxes… One of the problems plaguing debates about taxes in BC is that people think they pay much more in provincial income taxes than they actually do. For example, if I suggested that everyone pay 20% more in provincial income taxes, […]

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

March 3rd, 2013 · · Comments Off on The Shifting Terrain of Taxes in BC: Budget signals new openness to tax increases · 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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