Posted by Magda
Budgeting at all levels has the potential to impact cities. This time, though, it seems like the federal budget might be more important to cities than ever before.
That's because, with stimulating the economy an ever bigger target on the federal government's horizon, there's talk of injecting money into infrastructure and extending employment insurance benefits.
The first would have a clear impact on the city, potentially giving Guelph a chance to cross off some of those ever lingering projects that perpetually fall off the list when budgets are written.
The impact of the second is less immediately clear, but likely tremendous nonetheless. With Wellington County's projections of the number of social service cases constantly on the rise, and with the county and city not seeing eye to eye on how social services should be funded, an extension of employment insurance benefits could mean a smaller social services drain on both municipalities.
The lefty think-tank Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is recommending infrastructure and employment figure prominently in the budget.
Now, we need to wait til Jim Flaherty presents his budget Jan. 27, and until the opposition parties decide whether or not it's acceptable, to figure out whether anything is coming our way.
- Social services budget grows, Jan. 13
- A crystal ball?, Dec. 3, 2008
- An economic stimulus plan for Canada’s economy and its people, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Jan. 13