Balanced Budget 2008
Greener Future, Stronger Economy
A wide range of new measures to address climate change, promote greener choices, and encourage economic investment will allow British Columbia to meet the challenges of the future.
Balanced Budget 2008 overturns the notion that you have to choose either a strong economy or a healthy environment. It encourages cleaner choices, invests more than $1 billion in climate action initiatives, lowers taxes to stimulate investment, and increases funding for health care and education to their highest levels ever in British Columbia.
Finance Minister Carole Taylor
Minister Carole Taylor answering questions from members of the media at the budget lockup, February 19, 2008.
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Minister Carole Taylor talks to the news media and stakeholders at the budget lockup, February 19, 2008.
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Reader-friendly, plain-language overview of Balanced Budget 2008.
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The Finance Minister’s slide presentation to the news media and stakeholders.
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The Finance Minister's address to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
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Webcast of Minister Carole Taylor’s Budget Speech to the Legislative Assembly.
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|Budget News Release: the budget overview distributed to news media.||HTML||||
|Budget Backgrounders: additional budget details to accompany the news release.|
|• Fiscal Plan 2008/09-2010/11||HTML||||
|• B.C.’s Revenue-neutral Carbon Tax||HTML||||
|• $1 Billion for Climate Action||HTML||||
|• Investing in B.C.’s Economic Competitiveness||HTML||||
|• Illustrations of Tax Impacts 2009||HTML||||
|Budget and Fiscal Plan: the main budget document; it lays out the Province’s three-year fiscal plan, including economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions.||HTML||||
|Government Strategic Plan: sets out an overarching vision, goals and priority actions for the Province of British Columbia for the next 10 years.||HTML||||
|Ministry Service Plans: provides an overview of every ministry, including how they intend to achieve their service goals and how they support the direction laid out in the Government Strategic Plan.||Listing of
|Crown Agency Service Plans: provides an overview of every Crown agency, including how they intend to achieve their service goals and how they support the direction laid out in the Government Strategic Plan.||Listing of
|Estimates: the detailed breakdown of proposed spending by ministry and government agency that must be debated and approved by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.|
|Supplement to the Estimates: provides additional information on proposed spending organized into major categories such as salaries, grants, capital, travel, and operations.|