The Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council says politics is playing a role in government’s sudden change in tone when it comes to the province’s current fiscal situation.
Yesterday, Premier Dwight Ball indicated that there will no longer be an expected fall supplemental budget. Instead the province will provide a fiscal update in late October.
Richard Alexander says the softening of government’s stance is disappointing.
Alexander says politics is playing a role in the change from the serious tone government used last spring about the province’s fiscal crisis. He says it’s unfair to ask taxpayers to tighten their belts, when government continues to spend.
He says government increased spending by $223-million dollars while at the same time asking taxpayers to pay more to deal with the fiscal situation.