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Free birth control, longer fuel-tax holiday: Some highlights of the Manitoba budget

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s NDP government tabled on Tuesday its first budget since winning last October’s provincial election. Here are some of the highlights:

— Provincial fuel-tax holiday extended by three months to Sept. 30.

— Rebates of up to $4,000 on electric vehicles, and $300 rebates for security cameras.

— Tax credit for renters raised by $50 to $575.

— Tax credit for fertility treatment doubled, and free prescription birth control.

— Education taxes on property sees owners of lower-value homes pay less and those with higher-value homes and commercial properties pay more.

— Basic personal income tax deduction reduced for people with a net income of more than $200,000.

— New tax on vape products, matching a federal levy.

— Money set aside to establish a supervised consumption site in Winnipeg.

— Money to review the province’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and for a full inquiry into cost overruns at Winnipeg police headquarters.

— Projected deficit of $796 million on total spending of $24.1 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 2, 2024.

The Canadian Press