Alberta's NDP Government brought down their second annual budget on Thursday, March 16 and it's getting decidedly mixed reviews.
Highlights include 24 new or modernized schools across the province, health facilities for Edmonton and Calgary and a cap on electricity prices.
Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson was happy to see the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) retained for the remainder of the government's four year term.
"Municipalities like Drumheller are going to receive about $1.2 billion and I think it's $2 million going to Drumheller, which is fantastic, over the next few years," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
The downside to Thursday's budget is a forecast deficit of $10.3 billion this fiscal year with an accumulated debt expected to reach $70 billion by the eyar 2020.
"There's been deficits for the last ten years in Alberta," Anderson pointed out. "We said we're not going to cut front line services, public health care and education and things like that that people rely on."
"There is a deficit, but with the social and physical infrastructure deficits that we've had for so long we really have to work on these," he added. "Everybody talks about needing a new health care facility or a bridge or a road or something along those lines, and we have to pay for them, right?"
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