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Who: Rich Hayward SITUATION: Recently laid off as a product developer for furniture company EQ3.

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Who: Rich Hayward

SITUATION: Recently laid off as a product developer for furniture company EQ3.

WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR IN THE BUDGET: "With the way the economy is now, it would be nice to help out the manufacturing sector. We were understaffed to begin with and the fact we had to cut five per cent of the staff makes it really difficult on those who are still left at the company."

VIEWS ON THE ACTUAL BUDGET: "I’m happy to hear about the investment in infrastructure. Any road I travel on is full of potholes or it has been eaten away. Nothing seems to get fixed. I would have been happy to hear something specific for manufacturing."

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Rich Hayward

 

Who: Peter George

SITUATION: President of advertising agency McKim Cringan George

WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR IN THE BUDGET:"As a business owner, I’m looking for an economic development strategy for the province and continued movement towards tax relief. The tax agenda is still a bit of a barrier for investment and development in Manitoba."

VIEWS ON THE ACTUAL BUDGET: "I think the small business tax measure is excellent. The investment in education is a good idea, too. It’s a typical Doer budget, it’s very small steps in any direction. It’s solid, it’s steady and it’s recognizing we’re in an OK place but I don’t think anybody will notice a big difference."

 

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Peter George

Who: Carole Clarke

SITUATION: The executive director of inner-city agency Pregnancy and Family Support Services Inc. is planning to retire next January.

WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING FOR IN THE BUDGET: "I was hoping for some tax cuts for seniors. A lot of seniors have lost a lot of money on the markets and they’re retiring. (The government) encourages us to invest in RRSPs and now that the markets have fallen so far, I’d like to see something to help people (with their investments).

VIEWS ON THE ACTUAL BUDGET: "I’m not sure they’re putting enough money into infrastructure when I think about the number of watermain breaks we have. Our infrastructure is breaking down badly. Our pipes are pre-WWII. I hope they’re not being too tongue in cheek about us not being in a recession. The whole world is in a recession, why would it bypass us? We shouldn’t be sitting here, laughing, and saying we’re doing everything right. It could hit us tomorrow.

 

Who: Bryanne Hobson

SITUATION: Fourth-year commerce student at the I.H. Asper School of Business is interviewing for jobs before graduating in April.

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Carole Clarke

WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING FOR IN THE BUDGET: "Any help the government can give to businesses to reduce corporate taxes (so they’ll) lift the hiring freeze that many of them have would definitely help out students who are interviewing for jobs."

VIEWS ON THE ACTUAL BUDGET: "I would have preferred to see some incentives for companies to hire students but I think it’s a step in the right direction. I graduate next month, will I feel the effects of this? I don’t think so. There’s nothing else they could have done in the short term. Next year’s grads should feel the impact.

 

 

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Bryanne Hobson
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