Balanced budgets, taxation improvements and measures to enhance natural resource and economic development are among the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ recommendations released in its report on the public consultations for Budget 2014.
The report summarizes the input received during the five-week consultation period.
Other recommendations seek to strengthen K-12 and post-secondary education, health care, and community and social services.
Proposals are also made for environmental protection and to ensure equitable access to justice.
During consultation, the committee held public hearings in 17 communities and issued a call for written submissions and responses to an online survey. A total of 674 submissions were received from individuals and organizations.
“The report makes 73 recommendations based on what we heard from British Columbians,” said committee chair Dan Ashton. “The committee worked collaboratively throughout this process and unanimously agreed to all of the recommendations.”
The committee’s report, along with further information on the budget consultation process, is available at: http://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/finance/.