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11 things to know about B.C.'s 2017 budget update

11 things to know about B.C.'s 2017 budget update
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September 11

The B.C. NDP has added significant new spending in its 2017 Budget update, which is its first financial plan since it took office.

For the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the government will spend $51.9 billion, nearly $2 billion more than the B.C. Liberals planned to spend in their February budget, which was never passed.

The government is forecasting fighting fires and the recovery effort will put the province more than $650 million over budget.

The government is giving up on the commitment to make the carbon tax revenue neutral.

The NDP is fulfilling an earlier commitment to increase social assistance and disability assistance rates by $100 each a month.

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