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Flood-proofing Highway 75 among items in throne speech

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The Manitoba government will outline its plan for the coming year and beyond in today’s throne speech.

One item is flooding-proofing Highway 75 to keep trucks rolling during modest flood years. The project is one of several to be highlighted by the Selinger government as it begins to tell Manitobans how it will spend revenue rolling in from the July 1 PST increase.

Here’s a roundup of what other local media are reporting today on what nuggets are in the throne speech. Government leaks parts of the speech to media outlets prior to the speech.

Lt.-Governor Philip Lee will read the speech from the throne starting shortly after 1 p.m.

CJOB — A new bypass around Headingley to divert truck traffic, extending Centreport Canada Way, to enhance safety along the TransCanada. Plus the government will put money on the table to extend bus rapid transit from Jubilee out to the University of Manitoba. The government is also expected to reveal its plans to allow high school students to be able to gain more credits for post secondary and new incentives to get young people into skilled trades.

CBC News — The Frontier Collegiate Institute in Cranberry Portage, serves mostly aboriginal students, will get a funding boost as the Selinger government continues to focus on improving aboriginal graduation rates and skills training.

The move is one of several to help the government meet its target of adding 75,000 workers to the workforce by 2020.

 

 

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