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CUPE is calling this year’s provincial budget more Robin Hood-in-reverse economics for the New Brunswick Tories and their corporate friends.

Public health care is the clearest reflection of Canadian values, but a 2.9 per cent increase in health care spending from last year doesn’t even cover inflation, says Maritimes regional director Bob Davidson

There’s also no increase in funding for nursing homes if we subtract inflation and previous cuts and zero new funding for social services shows zero knowledge of what’s important to the people of New Brunswick.

The budget also falls short on funding for municipalities. Due to the freeze on unconditional grants, municipalities receive $30 million less than 10 years ago.

Allowing $122 million in the last 4 years to be pulled out of the public purse by reducing corporate income tax is short sighted and has been the main contributor in reducing vital services to the taxpayers of New Brunswick, says Davidson