Alberta must find alternatives to cutting social spending
I have an opinion piece in today’s Edmonton Journal about Alberta’s current fiscal situation.
Points raised in the blog post include the following:
-The Jason Kenney government will almost certainly announce cuts to social spending in the near future.
-Yet, more than 80% of Alberta’s kindergarten through Grade 3 classes currently exceed the provincial government’s own class-size targets.
-Tuition fees as a share of university operating revenue have roughly tripled in Alberta over the last 30 years.
-Social assistance (i.e., welfare) caseloads have risen substantially in Alberta since the start of the economic downturn.
-Alberta still has, by far, the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio of any Canadian province.
-Albertans are also taxed less than any residents of any other province.
-Meanwhile, Alberta remains the only Canadian province without a provincial sales tax.
The link to the opinion piece is here.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant. He has a PhD in public policy.