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Even Heavier Personal Income Tax Burden

Keith Hutchings, Finance Critic for the Official Opposition, said, "Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are bracing themselves for an even heavier 2017 tax burden of personal income tax along with all the other tax and fee increases they are bearing as a consequence of the Ball Liberals' 2016 Budget. The 2016 Budget's personal income tax increases were implemented for only half a year in 2016, but they will be implemented for a full year beginning in 2017. That means the higher tax rate will be taking money from people's pockets for the entire year rather than just six months."

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Remember Health Transfers Sellout When Cuts Come

Steve Kent, Health Critic for the Official Opposition, said, "Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will not forget Premier Ball's pre-Christmas sellout on federal health transfers if the province follows through with health service cuts and other restraint measures in the spring 2017 Budget."

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Liberal Carbon Tax and Refinery Job Cuts

Barry Petten, Environment C‎ritic for the Official Opposition, says, "The carbon tax that the Ball Liberals just agreed to is being cited by North Atlantic Refining as a factor as they cut jobs in the province, and may impact their ability to survive."

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NR Minister Leaves Nalcor Conflict Questions Unanswered

Keith Hutchings, Natural Resources Critic for the Official Opposition, is bewildered that Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady waited until December 14, the day after the House adjourned to send a letter on behalf of the Premier, responding to a September 20 request to have a Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee review the Nalcor CEO's contract.

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People Not Celebrating Liberals' Anniversary

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not celebrating the Ball Liberals’ one-year anniversary this December 14th.”

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CF(L)Co Restructuring

Keith Hutchings, Natural Resources Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “Public concerns were ratcheted up this week on news that the Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation – which manages the Upper Churchill and related assets – is being quietly restructured.

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