SUMMERSIDE - Independent MLA Olive Crane is looking forward to Tuesday's provincial budget and hoping to see some of the ideas and items that Treasurer Wes Sheridan and the Premier have expressed interest in, implemented on their way to placing a balanced budget to Islanders before the next election.
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Independent MLA Olive Crane
‚ÄúMr. Sheridan and the premier talk about issues such as changes to the HST and the removal of more items from that tax,‚ÄĚ Crane said. ‚ÄúThey also talk about reducing Provincial Income taxes for some individuals.‚ÄĚ
Crane said she expects to see the "better tax solutions" promised by the finance minister who has told Islanders in the past that he has solutions to put more money in low-income Islander's pockets.
Crane knows said the last few years have been very difficult years on Islanders on fixed or low incomes.
‚ÄúMany Islanders were not able to heat their homes this winter because of the increased costs of heating products,‚ÄĚ she said.
She said she hopes government will provide "a Home Heating Rebate for Islanders with modest incomes and she hopes all essential heating products like propane and electricity have the HST removed."
Crane said government has promised an increase to the food allowance for families on social assistance which can be a step in the right direction
‚ÄúMany people living on fixed incomes and the working poor require a guaranteed basic income to survive,‚ÄĚ she said
Crane wants a program to help the many modest income Islanders who have to go out of province for health services and cannot afford the costs of travel, accommodations and food.
The Independent MLA wants the $39 million the province received from the federal government when it signed on to the HST to go towards the deficit and rebated programs that help Islanders.
‚ÄúThe Finance Minister cannot continue to raise taxes and fees without giving something back to those he continues to tax," Crane said.
Crane said she is committed to holding government accountable for the decisions they make and she will continue to monitor progress, watch timelines on delivery items and will continue to place high priority on issues that impacts on individuals, their families and communities.