Oct 19 2012Balanced budget and lower taxes will lead to jobs and stronger economyHALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Premier Darrell Dexter must stop the finger-pointing and balance the budget now. Last week, Dexter sought to make the federal government’s budget implementation bill a scapegoat for why he can’t balance the budget next year.
The bill was tabled yesterday, and Baillie says the Premier’s finger-pointing was “pointless”.
“A balanced budget and lower taxes are the path to a stronger economy and more jobs,” said Baillie. “The NDP’s delays and excuses are taking us further in the wrong direction.”
Darrell Dexter promised, before he was elected Premier, to balance the budget in his first year of government and not raise taxes. Instead, the NDP’s deficits have added a billion dollars in new debt for Nova Scotia’s children to carry. The HST hike cost Nova Scotians a billion dollars more, and counting.
“We can expect every excuse, scapegoat and bogeyman to appear between now and the spring budget,” said Baillie. “The only reason we won’t have a balanced budget in the spring is three years of bad management and bad decisions by the NDP.”
Dexter also said last week that he will “lift up every cushion in the couch to see if there’s money that we can save.”
“The Premier raised the HST before he looked under any cushions. He cut classrooms before he looked under any cushions,” said Baillie. “Maybe he will find some long-term care beds under the cushions, since he hasn’t built a single one in three years.”