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Raising your priorities for 2018-2019 Manitoba Budget

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CFIB recently asked you what your pre-budget priorities were for the 2018-2019 Manitoba Budget. You told us that you wanted small business tax relief; a focus on reducing the provincial deficit and returning to balanced budgets by no later than 2022; and continued work to reduce red tape. 

To raise your priorities for the upcoming 2018-2019 Manitoba Budget, CFIB met with the Hon. Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance; Wab Kinew, Leader of the Opposition; and Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party. 

 

Raising small business priorities with Finance Minister, Cameron Friesen

2018-2019 Manitoba Pre-Budget Meeting Cameron Friesen Finance Minister
Small Business Priorities for the 2018-19 Provincial Budget:

 

Priority #1 – 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 (Crown Corps 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 #2 – Deliver tax relief for small business:

Short-term
  • Increase the Small Business Corporate Income Tax Threshold to $500,000
  • 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
  • Personal income tax: Increase the BPE by at least $2,000 by 2020
  • Reduce the PST: Establish a plan to lower the PST back to 7% by 2020
  • Commercial property tax: Develop a long-term plan to eliminate the ESL for commercial properties and adjust portioning regulations
  • Payroll tax: Implement a long-term plan to phase out the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax Levy (the payroll tax)

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
  • Reduce red tape within WCB and Workplace Safety and Health 
  • Proceed with Red Tape Reduction Day Act 
  • Introduce a Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code
2018-2019 Manitoba Pre-Budget Wab Kinew Opposition Leader

2018-2019 Manitoba Pre-Budget Meeting with CFIB and Wab Kinew, Leader of the Opposition

2018-2019 Manitoba Pre-Budget Meeting Dougald Lamont Leader Manitoba Liberal Party

2018-2019 Manitoba Pre-Budget Meeting with CFIB and Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party