Take Action on Ontario Budget 2012

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in SPT News

Take Action on Ontario Budget 2012

In response to the Ontario Budget released on March 27, many of you have already been asked to contact the Liberals and the NDP about the Budget.

But things have already changed.

On April 3, the NDP made an important announcement. They said they want the budget to include a new income tax on people making over $500,000, with some of that money going to a 1% increase for people who rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program.

This would be an important step forward on making the Budget more fair and more balanced.

But there’s more work to be done.

The Liberal government’s Budget freezes the incomes of the 900,000 men, women, and children in Ontario who currently rely on BOTH Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

The NDP’s proposal was silent on what should happen to the incomes of people on Ontario Works. And it wouldn’t allow people on ODSP to keep up with the rising cost of living.

People on BOTH these programs must not get left behind.

And the Budget also includes cuts to other social assistance benefits of $30 million this year alone, and directions on restructuring OW and ODSP employment supports services.

The Liberal government and the NDP are still looking for feedback on Budget 2012.

Contact the Liberal government and tell them:

  • Your budget’s freeze on social assistance rates will unfairly hurt the poorest people in Ontario.
  • Raising taxes on the super-rich is a good start to make to making life in Ontario more fair.
  • People who rely on both OW and ODSP need an increase of at least the cost of living (currently 2.9%).
  • The Social Assistance Review must be allowed to complete its work before government makes any decisions on other changes.

Answer the Liberals’ survey at: http://budget2012.questionpro.com/

Contact the NDP and tell them:

  • Your budget proposals are a good start to making the government’s budget more fair.
  • People who rely on both OW and ODSP need an increase of at least the cost of living (currently 2.9%).
  • The Social Assistance Review must be allowed to complete its work before government makes any decisions on other changes.

Send your comments to the NDP at: http://www.ondpcaucus.com/yoursay/

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