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Taxes WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: Tiny tweaks to the province's tax regime include hiking the basic personal amount by $100, lowering the tax rate on the first income bracket and boosting the education property tax credit that comes off your municipal tax bill by $50 to $650. Most of these tax breaks were planned and promised in the last election.

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This article was published 26/03/2009 (5058 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Taxes

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: Tiny tweaks to the province’s tax regime include hiking the basic personal amount by $100, lowering the tax rate on the first income bracket and boosting the education property tax credit that comes off your municipal tax bill by $50 to $650. Most of these tax breaks were planned and promised in the last election.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: About $100 a year, depending on your income and whether you own property.

 

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Education

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: The end of the tuition freeze still appears to be a go, but it will be another 10 days before the government reveals how much it will allow colleges and universities to charge students this fall.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: Tough to say — the government wouldn’t say how many more Manitobans will have access to apprenticeships or new university or college spots this year, except that there will be at least 39 more nursing spaces. As for the public schools capital budget, you’ll also have to wait to see which schools get a facelift.

 

Roads

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: Boosting spending on provincial highways by $135 million. The Doer government expected, as part of a multi-year road improvement plan, to spend $400 million, but it’s adding an extra jolt to spur the economy. Some of the new cash is coming from Ottawa’s stimulus plan, though.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: If you drive on Highway 75 to the border, Highway 8 north of Gimli, the Trans-Canada or several other roads, expect to see construction. Some projects are being fast-tracked.

 

Summer holidays

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: Making all provincial parks free and letting you drive faster on some stretches of highway. Eliminating park fees will cost the government $2.6 million a year. The NDP is also raising the speed limit to 110 km/h on some twinned highways starting on Canada Day. You’ll be able to drive faster on the Trans-Canada between Virden and the Saskatchewan border and on Highway 75 from Emerson to St. Jean Baptiste.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: An end to forking over $28 for an annual pass or $7 for a day pass in provincial parks. But, the free entry will only last for two years. You’ll get to drive a little faster on the way to Grand Forks or Saskatoon, but speeding fines are going up as they do pretty much every year. Leadfoots could pay between $27 and $171 more on a speeding ticket. If you drive more than 20 klicks over the limit, prepare to pay $448 instead of $278.

 

Smokes

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING: Boosting the tax by one cent per cigarette to 18.5 cents. That will raise an extra $9 million a year.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: The cost of a pack of cigarettes will go up 25 cents.

 

— Mary Agnes Welch

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