Historic help for Manitobans
Our Progressive Conservative team was proud to present Budget 2023 on March 7, providing historic help for Manitobans when they need it most.
This budget balances unprecedented affordability and tax measures with record-setting investments in vital programs and services that Manitobans rely on most, creating new opportunities for all Manitobans.
Budget 2023 is focused on historic help for Manitobans, with more benefits to help Manitobans make ends meet. This budget is lowering income taxes, so Manitobans won’t pay tax on their first $15,000 – up from $10,885. We’re enhancing income tax brackets in 2024, which will save a two-income family over $1,250 next year. As of April 2, child care during regular hours will be set to a maximum of $10 per day. And we are increasing school tax rebate cheques to 50 per cent – saving the average homeowner more than $770.
This budget helps create safer streets, by tackling the root causes of crime with funds to help the homeless, expanding shelters and building more housing units while also providing more addiction treatment beds. Manitobans will also feel safer on their streets and in their communities with more support for front-line police officers to fight violent crime with help from our new violent crime strategy.
Budget 2023 is focused on healing health care, with a $668 million increase to build up the front lines, expand hospitals, and reduce wait times. This is the largest health-care budget in Manitoba history.
This budget will create stronger communities, with extraordinary investments in our community spaces, arts and culture, and in our 92 provincial parks. Communities are stronger with historic investments in our schools, in Manitobans with disabilities and in our families. We are increasing municipal operating grants from $170 million to $217 million – the largest increase in a decade – helping municipalities offer more of the services Manitobans rely on.
This budget is also focused on the opportunities ahead, with significant investments in trade routes, and infrastructure that facilitates commerce and business development to transform Manitoba into a global trade and transportation corridor.
We know that Budget 2023 will help with what matters most to Manitobans, and we look forward to its passing in the Legislature.
Tuxedo constituency report
Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.