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  • Indexing the Nova Scotia basic personal exemption to inflation is critical to the prosperity of all Nova Scotians. 100% agree that rather than target certain industries for tax breaks/incentives, the Houston government needs to provide all Nova Scotians a break on personal income taxes. We are the least competitive tax jurisdiction across all states and provinces. Failure to address this issue soon may very well kill the economic momentum we have right now. Throw us a bone Mr Houston or you risk the goodwill of taxpayers who just as quickly will pack up and leave. High NS income taxes is a water cooler topic.

    Greg | January 15, 2023 | Reply

  • Premier Houston formed government because of the mess the Liberals were in with health care, with the promise to fix it regardless of costs. With his performance so far and Mr. Churchill seeming to come up with some logical answers, Mr. Houston could very well be a one term government.

    Bill Seaman | January 15, 2023 | Reply

  • Good article about NS budget.
    I’m glad you put that stupid ferry into perspective once again. You could give the business people of Yarmouth more than what they make in a year, using the ferry funds, and still come out ahead. It’s absurd that we have to pay people to come here, like you say (and as I said in a Letter to the Editor), they will come here anyway if they want to. We don’t subsidize the big cruise ships do we?
    I’m appalled that NS doesn’t try to increase revenue instead of holding out their hand for free money from the feds. The government doesn’t want to explore for uranium, they don’t want to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for developing gas resources. The province doesn’t have laws for active radar speed enforcement. I’ve been here for 14 years with no ticket. In 2008, Calgary Police said that $1.8 M was taken in from fines. That pays for a lot of policemen. My HRM councilor says they can’t use radar, or red light cameras without permission from the province. The Province allows open pit gold mining but won’t allow a fracking site that takes up about 1 acre of land.
    Currently provincial highways use the tax on gasoline to fund highway projects. What will happen when vehicles go all electric?
    Arrrhhh! What a mess.

    Bob Found | January 14, 2023 | Reply