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Organization that calls for tax money to be used for education elsewhere

The province of Manitoba has begun phasing out the education tax credit, but some Manitoba residents say they would rather spend the money elsewhere.

The province has phased out the provincial education property tax — sending discount checks for 2022 — and will do so again this year. But Molly McCraken, executive director of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives in Manitoba, says it confuses people.

“Property owners don’t understand why they get this check,” she said.

The center says an average of $775 per household is expected to be spent in the next round of cuts, totaling about $450 million.

Last year, the county spent 37.5 percent of a household’s total property taxes. This amount will be increased by 50 percent this year.

McCraken said they wanted to know what people thought about the cut before the next provincial education budget is announced, which she expects to see next month.

The center commissioned a poll — which showed that more than half of Manitobans wanted the money elsewhere.

The poll conducted by Probe Research spoke to 1,000 Manitobans and found that 58 percent of those surveyed said they would rather the rebate be canceled and the money used for other public services. It also found that 33 percent of respondents said they preferred the fare — and the rest were skeptical.

The poll was conducted between November 22 and December 5. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

The province of Manitoba said in a prepared statement that this rebate is the most significant tax cut in the province’s history.

“This rebate, along with the many tax incentives our government has put in place, helps ensure that Manitobans see more of their hard-earned money,” the county said. “Most importantly, these measures now provide significant relief to all Manitoban families facing hyperinflation.”

The province says Manitobans are facing high rates of supermarket inflation and affordability is an important issue to address.

“We remain focused on leveraging a strong fiscal foundation that delivers better services to all Manitoban residents. This includes a careful and disciplined approach to managing expenses while protecting and investing in frontline services.”

McCracken says that instead of discounts, she would like it to go toward improvements in health care or education.

“The cuts are coming home,” McCracken said. “And I think another connection that people have seen is that the more property or wealth you have, the bigger the check you’ve received.”

McCracken also says she would prefer discounts to be determined by income.


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