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WINNIPEGThe Canadian Union of Public Employees says the second provincial budget brought down today by the NDP government is pro-people and will contribute to the well-being of Manitobas economy.

This budget is pro-people supporting services and investing in our provinces well-being, said CUPE Manitoba President Paul Moist. Further relief for property taxpayers, increased support for health care, post-secondary education and child care, and added investment in flood protection, these are all things that will benefit ordinary Manitobans.

Moist said further increasing the property tax credit by $75 provides much-needed relief for Manitoba taxpayers and fulfills an election promise. As well, he said CUPE is very supportive of budget decisions to enhance health care, post-secondary education and child care.

Manitoba faces many skills shortages along with a relatively low unemployment rate, making these much-needed investments in post-secondary education all the more important for the well-being of our provinces economy, Moist said.

The CUPE leader also congratulated the Doer government on recognizing the need to start now to invest in the Floodway that protects our city and surrounding areas.

Its a multi-million-dollar item, he said, and its financially prudent that the government start planning now for this needed flood protection.

While some business groups have been clamoring for significant tax reductions, Moist said the province is to be applauded for instead choosing to act responsibly.

This budget shows the Doer government is taking its commitment to all Manitobans and especially working people seriously, he said. Our members will continue to look for even more positive measures in the months to come.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than 495,000 women and men across the country. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 23,000 members in health care, education, municipalities, social services, day cares, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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Paul Moist, President

CUPE Manitoba and Local 500

Cell: 981-2873