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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is giving the Gallant government a B-minus grade on its first provincial budget which was released on March 31st in Fredericton.
Heading into the budget, CFIB was looking for a plan that would reduce government spending and create measures to better support entrepreneurship in New Brunswick, but was also clear that tax increases should be avoided at this time.
— Philippe Gauthier (@cfibnb) April 1, 2015
In CFIB’s pre-budget survey, New Brunswick members indicated that they wanted the province to balance its budget. But that doesn’t mean that the government should take the easy way out. In fact, 77% of our New Brunswick members did not agree with an increase in the HST. With many New Brunswickers and businesses struggling, going back to them for more tax dollars would be unfair without government first doing its due diligence, prioritizing its spending, and trying to provide services as efficiently as possible.
Audio: CBC Information Morning
Video: Global News Report
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