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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:43 pm

Some context:<br /> <br /> "Here are highlights of the 2006 Ontario budget that was presented today by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan: <br /> <br /> $1.2 billion for public transit and repairing local roads and bridges, two-thirds of which is earmarked for the Greater Toronto Area. <br /> <br /> Health care spending up $1.9 billion to $35.4 billion, including plan to buy insulin pumps for children. <br /> <br /> Spending on schools up $424 million to $11.2 billion, spending on post-secondary education up $500 million. <br /> <br /> Revenues $83.9 billion in fiscal 2005, $2.25 billion higher thanks to stronger economic growth than expected. <br /> <br /> Deficit projection for fiscal 2006 unchanged at $2.4 billion; includes $1 billion contingency fund. <br /> <br /> $9.4 billion in interest charges on the debt, which goes up $500 million to $159 billion. <br /> <br /> Welfare and social assistance rates to increase two per cent; clawback of federal child tax credit to remain in place. <br /> <br /> $6 million for libraries and literacy programs on First Nations reserves."<br /> ---------------<br /> <a href="">Source</a> via <a href="">Cerberus</a>.<br /> -----------<br /> A good story on the Nepean-Carleton seat can be found <a href="">here</a>

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