MLA's get extended summer break
Sep 10, 2013 / 2:30 pm
There will be no fall sitting of the BC legislature, meaning the house will only sit for a total of 36 days this year, Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced on Tuesday morning.
The decision to hold a fall session is traditionally up to the discretion of the government.
de Jong defended the decision, saying governing is not just about being in the legislature.
The finance minister made the comments during the September budget update in Victoria on Tuesday morning.
As part of the budget update, he confirmed the province is still on track to post a budget surplus, but it's on balanced on a "razor's edge" with no room for additional spending.
"The year-end surplus for 2013-14 is now projected to be $136 million, which is down slightly by $17 million from the June budget update," said a statement released by de Jong on Tuesday morning as part of the September quarterly update.
"Revenues have improved by $69 million, partly offsetting higher expenses of $86 million, primarily for statutory spending on fighting fires and flood-related emergency programs.
"As well, the taxpayer-supported debt-to-GDP ratio is now 18.3 per cent, which is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than the June budget update."
de Jong is also seeking taxpayer input to guide the government's spending priorities, with a public consultation process. Details are available on the Finance Ministry website.
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