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Manitoba Mayors Rally Against NDP’s Budget

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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz (centre) is joined by municipal mayors at City Hall on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (CHRISD.CA)

The backlash of the Selinger government’s provincial budget continues, as a group of Manitoba mayors spoke out against it on Thursday.

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz was joined by the Coalition of Manitoba mayors and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities during a news conference.

“Our citizens are looking for long-term solutions, not patchwork fixes,” Katz said of the infrastructure funding shortfall.

Katz stood in unity with the mayors of Brandon, Morden, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Thompson, Selkirk, Winkler, the deputy mayor of Flin Flon, and Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM).

“Manitoba communities require a stable, long-term infrastructure funding solution. All across Manitoba, people pay taxes with an expectation they will be able to drive on well-maintained streets and roads, but this budget will not help.”

Katz on Wednesday held his own presser to speak out about the $277 million in new revenue collected from the one percent PST increase, saying Winnipeg will receive only $7 million for roads.

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