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Premier ignoring municipalities' concerns over PST hike, Katz says

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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz says he remains disappointed Premier Greg Selinger will not meet with the leaders of Manitoba municipalities to discuss infrastructure funding.

During his semi-regular Wednesday morning scrum with reporters, Katz said the premier has chosen to ignore concerns raised by Winnipeg and other Manitoba municipalities about the proposed one-percentage-point provincial-sales-tax hike.

The municipalities are upset much of the revenue raised from the hike will be spent on health or education infrastructure and not municipal needs.

Katz said Selinger has left the response to Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux, who has noted Manitoba municipalities are not facing the cuts underway in other provinces.

A spokesman for Selinger said the premier meets with mayors and reeves across the province regularly. "Investing in infrastructure is a priority they all share," he said.

Katz made his remarks following an executive policy committee meeting that saw unanimous approval of tough new fines for illegal dumping, the first reading of a precinct plan for new suburb Ridgewood South and a new restaurant tenant for the pavilion at Kildonan Park. Old Kildonan Coun. Devi Sharma lobbied for more daytime opening hours for the pavilion.

All three plans face council approval on May 29.

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Updated on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM CDT: updates with comment from premier's spokesperson.

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