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CFIB Pre-budget Meeting with Manitoba's Finance Minister Scott Fielding, November 2018

CFIB presents your priorities for the Manitoba budget to Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance in November, 2018

You told us that you would like to see tax relief in the upcoming 2019-2020 Manitoba budget. That’s why we continue to work hard to make sure that you keep more of your hard-earned money.

Over the last few months, we’ve met with provincial leaders including Manitoba's Minister of Finance, Scott Fielding, Leader of the Opposition, Wab Kinew, and Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, Dougald Lamont, to make sure that your priorities are their priorities.


Small Business Priorities for the 2018-19 Provincial Budget:

Priority #1 – Deliver tax relief (without a carbon tax)

Short-term (before 2020):

  • Reduce the PST and expand the exemption base
  • Increase the BPE by $2,020 and keep personal income tax brackets indexed
  • Raise the Manitoba payroll tax exemption and index it to inflation
  • Eliminate the $5,000 cap on the Farmland School Tax Rebate program and review school taxes on farmland (and other small businesses)

Long-term (before 2024):

  • Implement a long-term plan to phase out the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax Levy (the Payroll Tax)
  • Develop a long-term plan to eliminate the ESL for commercial properties and adjust portioning regulations on school property taxes
Priority #2 – Boldly getting back to balance:

Balance the budget by no later than 2022, without further tax increases:

  • Limit short-term spending growth to less than current projections (2%)
  • Outline and publically release a multi-year plan to return to balanced budgets
  • Limit long-term spending increases to inflation and population growth after the budget is balanced

Reduce government program costs to return to sustainable spending by:

  • Significantly reducing the size/cost of the provincial civil service (CCs included) 
    • Eliminate redundancy and excess staff through attrition
    • Continue to narrow wage disparity (19.5%) between public and private sector workers
    • Eliminate work week hours gap between public and private sector workers
    • Move new hires from a defined benefit to defined contribution pension plan
  • Implementing Fiscal Performance Reviews in future years
Priority #3 – Continue reducing red tape:

Continue ongoing efforts to reduce red tape:

  • Renew and expand the Red Tape Reduction Task Force
  • Continue to bring forward annual red tape reductions through a legislative vehicle with a focus on reducing red tape for small businesses
  • Improve communications of requirements and changes with business owners
  • Reduce red tape within WCB and Workplace Safety and Health
  • Proceed with The Red Tape Reduction Day Act
  • Introduce a Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code
  • Share red tape tools and experience with municipalities

Join the Fight!

Help us push for much needed tax relief in the upcoming 2019 Manitoba budget by signing our Action Alert: Progress made; more work needed!

Pre-budget meeting with Leader of the Oppositon, Wab Kinew, Matt Wiebe, Laura Jones & Jonathan Alward

Meeting with Leader of the Opposition, Wab Kinew and Matt Wiebe

Pre-budget meeting with Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, Dougald Lamont & Jonathan Alward

Meeting with Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party

Pre-budget meeting with Reg Helwer & Jonathan Alward

Meeting with Reg Helwer, Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Finance