BILL NO. 48
4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
Private Member's Bill
Balanced Budget Act
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: April 25, 2012
Clause 1 provides a short title to the Act.
Clause 2 limits the year-over-year percentage increase in government spending to an amount equal to the estimated percentage increase in the population of Nova Scotia and the rate of inflation as measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index.
Clause 3 prohibits the Minister of Finance from tabling a budget that is not balanced.
Clause 4 requires the Minister to request that the Government of Canada reduce the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax to 8%.
An Act to Require Balanced Budgets,
Limit Government Spending
and Reduce the Harmonized Sales Tax
to Thirteen Per Cent
1 This Act may be cited as the Balanced Budget Act.2 Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2010, the Finance Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 29 the following Section:
(a) to an expenditure required in the fiscal year because of a natural or other disaster in the Province that could not have been anticipated and that affects the Province or a region of the Province in a manner that is of urgent public concern; or
3 Chapter 2 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 54 the following Section:
4 The Minister shall request the Government of Canada to take the necessary action to reduce from 10% to 8% the tax payable in the Province under subsection 165(2) of Excise Tax Act (Canada).
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