Monday, March 25, 2013

Federal budget leaves little for families

Environmental issues and student debt receive little attention
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty after he released the 2013 federal budget.
Ray Pennings, Cardus research director, says "it's a budget that's focused
on jobs and overall economic management." (Photo: CCN)
Some critics say the federal budget, released March 21, does some good for jobs and the economy, but little for other important areas like family. Deborah Gyapong reports from Ottawa:
“This budget did not offer too much for families,” said Institute of Marriage and Family Canada executive director Andrea Mrozek. “We didn’t see anything particularly exciting.”

The institute has called for income-splitting to provide tax relief for families with a single income earner. They are taxed at a much higher rate than dual-earner families with the same income. This promised measure has been put off until the budget is balanced, Mrozek said.
For full story, see The B.C. Catholic website.

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