Has Alberta’s public health care spending ballooned to the point of being unsustainable? Have Alberta's health care costs pinched funds from other public services? Parkland research manager Ian Hussey looks at the research to provide an answer.
The claim that the Government of Alberta has a spending problem has been a widely held belief in our province for decades, but the claim of out-of-control spending doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
A week before the Prentice government introduces its 2015/16 provincial budget, a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute challenges the often-repeated claim that Alberta’s current fiscal woes are due to overspending by the provincial government.
Provincial Comparisons of Public Spending
Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage
It’s curious how the proponents of the “cut first and ask questions later” approach to provincial budgeting continue trying to spread the myth Ralph Klein’s cuts in the 1990s were necessary, and that somehow Alberta and Albertans are better off because of them. It’s as if they believe that singing the same refrains over and over will make them true. But the reality is that these claims are as false today as they were back in 1993.
Is a P3 the Best Way to Expand Edmonton's LRT?
Results-based Budgeting, Privatization, and Public Sector Cuts in Alberta
More likely to result in bloated bureaucracy and to be used to justify cuts and privatization
A new report by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s implementation of Results-based Budgeting (RBB) is driven by ideology, and will not yield the promised results of more effective and efficient service delivery.
New report shows that fair and progressive taxes could solve Alberta’s fiscal woes
A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the solution to Alberta’s current fiscal woes, and to growing inequality in the province, lies in an increase in corporate taxes and a return to a progressive tax system—a move that a majority of Albertans would support.