Vernon Chamber hosts finance minister today

Finance Minister Michael de Jong is coming to Vernon today to speak with people about their priorities for Balanced Budget 2014

Finance Minister Michael de Jong is coming to Vernon today to speak with people about their priorities for Balanced Budget 2014.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosts the minister today at noon (registration at 11:45 a.m.) at the chamber office as he speaks about the current and future economic conditions of B.C.

“Our government has an ambitious but achievable long-term vision for a stable economy and a secure future,” said de Jong. “We have tabled a balanced budget that offers modest surpluses over the coming years. Keeping the budget balanced demands we continue our spending discipline and make careful choices in our budgets.”

In addition to travelling to several communities to meet with business groups and chambers of commerce, de Jong will also host regional telephone town halls.

He wants to hear ideas about the type of choices government needs to make in keeping the budget balanced: striking a balance between keeping costs affordable for families, providing new services, and reducing taxpayer-supported debt.

De Jong’s budget conversation is asking for views on such questions as:

n How do we strike the balance between keeping costs affordable for families, investing in services, and reducing taxpayer-supported debt?

n What priority programs should government continue; what should government do differently; what should government not do?

n What measures can government take to increase government revenues to support your priorities as a citizen?

The information gathered will help the minister as he develops Balanced Budget 2014. The Minister will also be receiving the report from the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services – an all party committee of The Legislative Assembly – which concludes its last public meeting today. Information on telephone town hall dates, times and locations will be sent out at a later date. For details on tour locations, dates and times visit: www.fin.gov.bc.ca/budgetconversation

“The BC Chamber and the 36,000 businesses our network represents have continuously advocated for balanced budgets and fiscal discipline from government,” said John Winter, BC Chamber of Commerce. “As the minister prepares for Balanced Budget 2014, the BC Chamber commends him for getting out on the road to canvass input from our members and business owners on the key priorities that will further grow our economy.”