Budget 2013 includes $500 million as the first step in building 50 new schoolsand 70 school modernizations.
rates for the 2013-14 academic year have been frozen.
Canada’s toughest expense policy:
implemented on October 1, 2012 requiring disclosureof travel, accommodation, meals and hospitality expenses.
Social Policy Framework:
launched on February 28, 2013 and called by observers themost in-depth government guide to social policy in 30 years.
PTSD presumptive coverage for first responders:
Workers Compensation Amendment Act
, 2012 received Royal Assent on Dec. 10, 2012.
Protecting vulnerable Albertans
: including increased funding to AISH, Persons withDevelopmental Disabilities, homelessness programs and child intervention programs.
Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower) legislation receivedRoyal Assent on Dec. 10, 2012.
Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program:
included in Budget 2013, will allow eligibleseniors to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan.
Property Rights Advocate Office opens in Lethbridge on February 6, 2013.The
Electric Utilities Amendment Act
, 2012 ensures that all future transmission line projectsrequire complete review and approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission received Royal Assent on Dec. 10, 2012.
Stable Municipal Funding:
Despite the bitumen bubble, funding for the MunicipalSustainability Initiative (MSI) was protected in Budget 2013. $200 million was also allocatedfor GreenTRIP, to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and increasepublic transit access.
Building SavingsSavings strategy:
focused plan to save a portion of our resource revenues in the AlbertaHeritage Savings Trust Fund for the first time in 25 years.
Landmark agreements with doctors and teachers include salary freezes for the first three years and will provide long-term stability in health care and education.
Hold the line on spending:
Budget 2013 holds overall spending increases to zero
wellbelow the expected population plus inflation rate of 4.3%.
review of 800 government programs and services
has been reduced by 8%, and committee pay, transition allowances and the taxfree allowance were eliminated.
Leading by example
: management salary freeze and reduction of the number of publicsector managers by 10% over three years to save taxpayers $54 million.
No provincial sales tax or tax increases:
Alberta has the most competitive tax system inNorth America and the lowest overall taxes in the country
with the lowest fuel tax amongprovinces, no health premium, no payroll tax, no capital tax and no provincial sales tax.