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BC Budget Balanced; tobacco tax up

Prince George Free Press Posted On 18 Feb 2014 By : Tom Fletcher

(excerpt)... "In an era of federal government health care cuts and abandonment of national standards, it is more important than ever for B.C. to take proactive measures to steward our public health care system properly," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner, which projects a reduction in real health care spending. Today's budget comes just six weeks before the expiry of the current health accord. The federal government does not intend to renew the accord, and the new funding formula for federal health transfer payments will mean that B.C. will receive less federal funding than we have over the past 10 years.

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