Dreschel: NDP says the rich should fund LRT

It’s clear that LRT is an election issue. Above: Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay speculates on delays that might occur before Hamilton gets LRT. Below, Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel reports on the funding scenario being promoted by the NDP.

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By Andrew Dreschel

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Hamilton’s proposed LRT system should be funded by hiking corporate taxes and tapping high-income earners. Horwath argues that raising corporate taxes, cracking down on corporate tax loopholes and maintaining higher tax rates on folks earning more than $500,000 a year will go a long way in drumming up the necessary dollars.

“Where I would start is there. I wouldn’t start by assuming we have to go to the same beleaguered taxpayer, go to the same pocket that’s already been picked dry by the Liberals.”

As MPP for Hamilton Centre, she’s solidly behind Hamilton’s proposed $800-million light rail system, which dovetails with her party’s support for the overall GTHA’s Big Move regional transit vision.

But Horwath’s mantra is no new taxes, tolls or fees that hit middle-class families. That sets the stage for a spring election if the minority Liberal government sticks to its guns and includes some of those so-called new revenue tools in its upcoming budget to pay for the Big Move.

Read the rest of Andrew Dreschel’s column at thespec.com

Andrew Dreschel’s commentary appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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