Albertans say tax reductions are their top priority for this week’s provincial budget.
A new Mainstreet Postmedia survey shows 35 per cent of respondents are hoping for tax relief when the budget is released Thursday.
Mainstreet Research president Quitto Maggi said a tax reduction would make it harder to tackle the deficit.
“What’s clear is that Albertans across the province want to see a reduction in the taxes they have to pay despite the fact that a tax reduction would make it harder to slay the deficit which is the number two priority at 24%, ” said Maggi.
Spending on health and education have 18 per cent support while 12 per cent want the NDP government to invest in public infrastructure.
“It’s unlikely Albertans are going to get everything they want on their wish list but some will see financial relief with the government’s plan to reduce school fees.” said Maggi.
Overall, the poll finds 58 per cent of Albertans are dissatisfied with the Notley government’s response to economic conditions.
Just over half of respondents (52%) say the government is not moving fast enough to bring the budget back to balance.
The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.01 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Meanwhile Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has a wish list of his own.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually saw a real commitment to the Green Line, whether from the carbon levy or from something else, ” said Nenshi.
“Second is, I expect in the federal budget, there’s going to be a very big commitment to affordable housing. It would be great to see if the provincial was going to follow through on that as well.”
However, Nenshi said he’s not expecting much from the province, given Alberta’s financial state. But he would welcome signals of future commitments when the money is available.