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I have an opinion piece on Saskatchewan’s recent budget in the Regina Leader-Post. Points raised in the opinion piece include the following: -Reductions in personal and corporate income taxes help the rich more than the poor (and this budget cut both personal and corporate income taxes). -Increases in sales tax hurt the poor more than […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Austerity, budgets, Child Care, corporate income tax, debt, deficits, economic growth, economic models, economic thought, employment, fiscal policy, health care, income, income distribution, income support, income tax, Indigenous people, inequality, NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES, population aging, post-secondary education, poverty, public infrastructure, public services, Saskatchewan, social policy, taxation, unemployment.
April 23rd, 2017
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’m co-author of a blog post titled “Poverty Reduction in Alberta.” Points raised in the blog post include the following: -The NDP government of Premier Rachel Notley has undertaken important poverty-reduction initiatives since forming a government in 2015. -Alberta (relative to other provinces) has a […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, child benefits, Child Care, corporate income tax, debt, early learning, fiscal federalism, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income distribution, income support, income tax, Indigenous people, inequality, minimum wage, NDP, poverty, social policy, taxation, women, working time.
February 17th, 2017
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’m co-author of a blog post titled “The Federal Role in Poverty Reduction.” Points raised in the blog post include the following: -Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development has been tasked to lead the development of a Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy. -Total public […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Balanced budgets, child benefits, Child Care, corporate income tax, CPP, debt, deficits, early learning, economic thought, federal budget, fiscal federalism, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income distribution, income support, income tax, Indigenous people, inequality, labour market, macroeconomics, OECD, Old Age Security, poverty, privatization, public infrastructure, public services, Role of government, social policy, taxation, women.
February 8th, 2017
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I have a blog post titled: “Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget.” The link to the post is here.
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, budgets, carbon pricing, child benefits, climate change, corporate income tax, debt, demographics, energy, environment, federal budget, health care, homeless, housing, HST, income support, income tax, inflation, population aging, poverty, public services, seniors, social policy, taxation.
May 3rd, 2016
Le 18 novembre, jâ€™ai fait une prÃ©sentation sur les dÃ©fis en ce qui concerne Â« mettre fin Ã l’itinÃ©rance Â» au Canada au 7 Cities Leadership Summit Ã Edmonton. Ma prÃ©sentation, illustrÃ©e de diapositives, peut Ãªtre tÃ©lÃ©chargÃ©e ici. Voici dix choses Ã savoir en tant que dÃ©fis concernantÂ Â« mettre fin Ã lâ€™itinÃ©rance Â» au Canada. […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, cities, corporate income tax, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income tax, municipalities, NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES, Ontario, poverty, Role of government, social policy, taxation.
December 8th, 2015
On November 18, I gave a presentation on “ending homelessness” at the 7 Cities Leadership Summit in Edmonton. My PowerPoint slides can be downloaded here. Here are ten things to know about “ending homelessness” in Canada: 1. In 2008, Calgary became the first Canadian municipality to publicly commit to “ending homelessness.” More than a dozen […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, cities, corporate income tax, demographics, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income tax, Indigenous people, municipalities, Ontario, poverty, public infrastructure, Role of government, social policy, taxation.
November 18th, 2015
by: Kaylie Tiessen & David Macdonald Small business taxes made the news last week when, during a CBC interview, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau suggested many business owners are using the small business tax rate as a de facto in-country tax shelter. Responding to the interview, Conservative leader Stephen Harper accused Trudeau of taking aim […]
After a generation of comparatively high corporate income tax (CIT) rates, in the late 1980s Canadian governments at the federal and provincial levels began a series of corporate income tax reforms. According to many mainstream (â€˜neoclassicalâ€™) economists, reducing CIT rates was a wise public policy. A reduced CIT rate means a reduction in the […]
Opinions on deficit budgeting have become a short-hand litmus test in Canadian politics. Deficits are left-wing and balanced budgets are right-wing austerity. Â Economists know that there is virtually no difference between a small surplus and a small deficit, but politicians and voters areÂ a different story. I have spent the past three and half years railing […]
In a little noticed comment, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently was reported to say: â€œDropping our tax rate has not caused the governmentâ€™s corporate income tax revenues to fall, which indicates that it does in fact attract business.â€ No one seems to have questioned his statement, even though it was made on the same day […]
Todayâ€™s National Balance Sheet Accounts indicate that the amount of cash held by private non-financial corporations in Canada soared from $591 billion in the third quarter of 2013 to $626 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. Corporate Canadaâ€™s accumulated stock of cash now exceeds the federal governmentâ€™s accumulated deficit, which was $612 billion at […]
Statistics Canada reported today that private and public investment intentions are up by 1.4% for 2014, even weaker than Canadaâ€™s investment growth of 1.5% in 2013. Private-sector investment intentions are only 1.3% higher this year, a far cry from the growth of after-tax corporate profits. Yesterday, Statistics Canada reported that net profits were 17.3% higher […]
The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) normally hosts sessions at the Canadian Economics Associationâ€™s annual conference. But the House of Commons finance committee threw most of the PEF members testifying in its pre-budget consultationsÂ onto the same panel on November 21 and then moved it to a room without TV. MP Randy Hoback participated in the first […]
On Thursdayâ€™s Lang & Oâ€™Leary Exchange (at 24:45 in this CBC video), I noted that while the Government of Canada just signed a deal with Kazakhstan allowing Cameco to invest more in that countryâ€™s uranium industry, the Government of Saskatchewan recently slashed its uranium royalties to encourage Cameco to invest in the province rather than […]
Buried in the federal government’s recentÂ Update of Economic and Fiscal ProjectionsÂ are figures showing the Harper government is set to squeeze federal government’s role to the smallest it has been in seventy years. Â Â (Bill Curry at the Globe also just wroteÂ about this, but without figures further back than 1958). Total federal government spending as a share […]
Canada’s macroeconomy continues to be lethargic at best, and there is growing recognition that the continuing sluggishness of business capital spending since the 2008-09Â crisisÂ is a big part of the reason why.Â Governments are in austerity mode; consumers are maxxed out and cautious about new spending; our exports are restrained by an overvalued dollar and uncertain […]
The basic storyline of todayâ€™s C. D. Howe Institute â€œE-Briefâ€, â€œCanada Lagging Peers in 2013 Business Investment Growth,â€ is that corporate tax cuts helped boost investment per worker in Canada above the OECD average. Yet corporate Canada is slipping in 2013 and apparently needs more tax cuts. However, the C. D. Howe Instituteâ€™s own graph […]
Tom Mulcairâ€™s recently reiterated unwillingness to raise personal tax rates puts the spotlight on corporate taxes. But how much revenue is at stake? Three and a half years ago, I posted a fiscal breakdown of Harperâ€™s corporate tax cuts and how much revenue could be retained by stopping or reversing them. These figures, based on […]
A recent online article suggests that Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is opposed to increasing federal tax rates. I find this quite surprising. According to the August 8 article: Mulcair seemed surprised when he was asked if taxes would go up under an NDP government. â€œYouâ€™re the first person whoâ€™s ever asked me that,â€ he […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Conservative government, corporate income tax, economic literacy, fiscal policy, income tax, NDP, party politics, progressive economic strategies, social democracy, taxation.
August 9th, 2013
My op-ed in todayâ€™s Saskatoon StarPhoenix (page A11): Privatizing ISC is a poor deal for Saskatchewan The provincial government estimates that selling 60 per cent of the Information Services Corporation will raise up to $120 million for infrastructure investment. Is that a good deal for the people of Saskatchewan? Last year, ISC generated $20 million […]
In his 2007 â€œEconomic Statement,â€ Jim Flaherty threw down the gauntlet for provincial governments to cut their corporate income tax rates to 10%. Initially, it seemed like he might succeed in stampeding the provinces down to that level. Alberta and Quebec were already at 10% (although Quebec had announced an increase to 12% in exchange […]
A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canadaâ€™s tax system needs a â€œfairnessâ€ 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 […]
Posted by Iglika Ivanova under corporate income tax, financial transactions tax, guaranteed annual income, income support, income tax, inequality, progressive economic strategies, taxation, TFSA.
February 14th, 2013
Further to my earlier post critiquing the recentÂ Mintz study -Â which argued that cuts in corporate tax rates are not significantly denting corporate tax revenues – I looked up the effective corporate tax rate (income tax paid as a percentage of taxable corporate income.) Here is what shows up on CANSIM 180-0003. 2006 […]
A new paper by Jack Mintz ( with Duanjie Chen) argues that “corporate tax reductions of more than 30% since 2000 have, contrary to the critics’ cries, failed to make an appreciable dent in tax revenues thanks to multinationals habit of shifting profits to Canada to take advantage of lower rates.” This is the subject […]
The sector and financial-flow accounts released with todayâ€™s GDP figures indicate an expansion of the pool of dead money flagged by this blog and by Mark Carney. The National Balance Sheet Accounts have not yet been released for the second quarter, so we cannot update the accumulated total of $526 billion. However, the updated Financial […]
Kudos to Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney for raising the profile of the over $500 billion Canadian corporations are holding in excess cash surpluses and not investing in the economy, which garnered front page coverage (and kudos to the CAW for inviting him to speak.) It’s not the first time he’s raised this Â concern. […]
Posted by Toby Sanger under Bank of Canada, capitalism, corporate income tax, corporate profits, debt, deficits, economic crisis, financial crisis, household debt, income distribution, investment, progressive economic strategies.
August 23rd, 2012
I have the following letter in todayâ€™s Prince Albert Daily Herald (page 4): Reinvest Resource Wealth in Saskatchewan To the editor: I strongly agree with the title of MP Randy Hobackâ€™s letter: â€œSiphoning money out of the west is wrongâ€ (June 9). My proposal is to keep more money in Saskatchewan by collecting more provincial […]
On June 7, I gave a keynote address to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Education Sector Conference.Â My PowerPoint presentation (with full references) can be found at this link. Points I raised in the address include the following: -Canada’s economy has been growing quite steadily over the past three decades, even when one adjusts […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under BC, competition, Conservative government, corporate income tax, debt, demographics, education, fiscal federalism, fiscal policy, household debt, income distribution, income tax, inequality, macroeconomics, Newfoundland and Labrador, P3s, part time work, post-secondary education, privatization, productivity, public infrastructure, Quebec, rankings, regulation, Role of government, social policy, student debt, student movement, taxation, user fees, working time, young workers.
June 7th, 2012
In a recent blog post at Northern Public Affairs, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox looks at the issue of ‘who gets what?’ when a mine is developed in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Here is an excerpt from the post: – The resource extractor: they pay royalties (the NWT has the lowest royalties in the world), and costs of […]
In the context of student protests over Quebec tuition fees, my friend Luan Ngo has just written a very informative blog post on Quebec’s fiscal situation. While I encourage readers to read his full post, I do want to use the present space to make mention of three important points he makes: -On a per […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Bank of Canada, budgets, Conservative government, corporate income tax, debt, deficits, economic crisis, economic growth, economic literacy, economic models, economic thought, education, equalization, financial crisis, fiscal federalism, fiscal policy, heterodox economics, inflation, interest rates, macroeconomics, monetary policy, post-secondary education, progressive economic strategies, Quebec, social policy, student movement, user fees.
April 28th, 2012