WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon website, Yukon Plans, has brought to light the options that the Yukon Liberals are considering for future budgets.
Options included in this Government of Yukon document include:
- Adding, increasing or broadening taxes,
- Removing existing tax credits and exemptions for Yukoners,
- Spending cuts and freezes for government departments or employee salaries,
- Increasing user fees for government services
- Going further into debt and,
- Selling or privatizing government assets.
“The options in this government document are of great interest to Yukoners and by posting them on a government website the Premier is making it clear they are being considered by his government,” said Brad Cathers, Official Opposition Finance Critic. “This raises the question of whether the Premier has manufactured this process to give himself political cover to implement Liberal plans that increase taxes, freeze salaries, or sell off government assets.”
Also identified in the list of options is going further into debt through increased government borrowing. This follows the Premier’s comments to the federal Finance Committee earlier this year where he indicated that he was looking to reduce restrictions on Yukon’s debt cap to allow more borrowing.
“After spending most of the Spring Legislative Sitting refusing to explain what options his government was considering for the territory’s financial future, the Premier has quietly released this document in the middle of summer making it clear that he was trying to avoid legislative scrutiny for his financial plans,” added Cathers.