Report Card: B Shannon Sampert
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This article was published 26/03/2009 (5058 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Once again, we were given a budget that is beige, lacking any type of vision at a time when we have Obama expectations. Gary Doer consistently stays the course while making minor adjustments that have little real effect. The tax cuts are too small to mean anything. The spending increases are below the inflation rate. While it’s good to see the NDP government put money into education and earmarking money to improve housing, how it is packaged leaves me cold. The government suggests that its motive is to put together a stimulus package that will create jobs and help the economy. I think government should be investing in these programs because it’s the right thing to do. Simply put, it should not be economically expedient to invest in our poor, our youth and our cities. It’s the responsibility of the state. Doer’s government seems to have lost sight of that and as Manitobans we need to keep reminding him.
Shannon Sampert, Assistant Professor Department of Politics, University of Winnipeg