I never understood why government would give tax breaks to recent graduates of post-secondary institutions — including those who didn’t even go to school here — and not all workers who pay taxes in Manitoba.

After all, if lower income taxes help attract and retain workers in the province — whether they recently graduated from a post-secondary institution or not — shouldn’t the province be striving for a lower tax regime for all to maximize the number of workers coming to Manitoba and staying here?

The Pallister government announced in its 2017 budget that it’s eliminating the tuition fee income tax rebate in 2018 and redirecting some of the resources to post-secondary bursaries for students in need of financial help. Instead of giving people with degrees and diplomas who already have jobs a tax break, they’re going to help more low-income students access post-secondary education.


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