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An all-party standing committee of the legislature is recommending the B.C. government stay the course in its budget-balancing plan, but it has a few new ideas to spend your tax dollars.
The finance committee calls on the government to meet its target of a balanced budget in the next fiscal year – already a tough job with falling revenues to Victoria.
It also calls for streamlining the administration of the PST, due to return April 1.
But the committee also has some spending ideas, such as increased homecare services, support for addiction treatment services, and more funding for transition houses, sport, farmers' markets and the justice system.
The committee heard 800 submissions during public hearings over the last two months, but its recommendations are not binding on government.