December 5, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Re: Education taxes being axed for seniors (April 16). What a ridiculously short-sighted decision by the provincial government. Education is, and should be, a societal responsibility, since it has crucial societal benefits.
Demographics being as they are, the younger generation will be facing increasing economic pressure to support the growing 65-plus population. Now, our seniors will not be responsible for funding the education of that burdened generation. All the while, the NDP says it is trying to reduce the deficit.
Why would they do such a thing? Probably because young people do not vote. Being under 30 myself, I find it sad that bailing on our own social responsibilities is allowing the older generation to weasel out of one of theirs -- to the detriment if all.
More logical would be a progressive education tax based solely on income. This way, if anyone suffers a dip in income, including seniors, they won't lose their homes to property taxes.
This will also prevent penalizing those who choose to spend more on their homes than on other things. This will achieve their stated goal of keeping seniors in their homes longer without allowing wealthy seniors to pay nothing to education.
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2013 A9