Alberta Prosperity

— Jan 29, 2019
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Restoring a Competitive Labour Market in Alberta

Restoring a Competitive Labour Market in Alberta: Examining Right-to-Work and Other Policy Changes finds that, in light of Alberta’s continuing economic challenges and the rise of competing jurisdictions such as Texas and North Dakota, making the province’s labour market more competitive could improve economic growth and benefit Alberta workers.

— Jan 8, 2019
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Can Alberta Restore Its Tax Advantage?

Can Alberta Restore Its Tax Advantage? finds that for Alberta to become one of the lowest taxed jurisdictions in North America again, the province would require a six per cent single-rate personal income tax. Over the past five years, Alberta went from having the lowest top combined (federal/provincial) personal income tax rate in North America to one of the highest, due to tax increases at the provincial and federal levels and tax cuts in the United States.

— Dec 18, 2018
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Reforming Capital Gains Taxes in Alberta

Reforming Capital Gains Taxes in Alberta finds that Alberta should eliminate the provincial portion of the capital gains tax—lowering it from 24 to 16.5 per cent—to become more competitive with key energy-producing jurisdictions in the United States. Currently nine U.S. states do not impose a state-level capital gains tax, including several key energy-producing states—Texas, Wyoming and Alaska—which directly compete with Alberta for investment, entrepreneurs and even highly-skilled workers.

— Nov 22, 2018
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K-12 Education Reform in Alberta

K-12 Education Reform in Alberta finds that the Alberta government can improve K-12 education by implementing a series of reforms to both the public and independent school systems, including: experimenting with teacher incentive pay, allowing for-profit schools (as they do in Sweden), and relaxing the limits and restrictions on charter schools.

— Oct 23, 2018
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Natural Resource Regulation in Alberta

Natural Resource Regulation in Alberta finds that the province’s investment attractiveness has diminished in the eyes of oil, gas and mining executives, primarily due to the province’s increasing regulatory burden. Specifically, environmental regulations and the cost of complying with Alberta’s red tape are increasingly cited as reasons not to invest in the province.

— Sep 27, 2018
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Increasing the Minimum Wage in Alberta: A Flawed Anti-Poverty Policy

Increasing the Minimum Wage in Alberta: A Flawed Anti-Poverty Policy finds that raising Alberta’s minimum wage will do little to reduce poverty because 92 per cent of minimum-wage earners in the province don’t live in low-income households. In fact, half of the province’s minimum-wage earners are under the age of 24, almost all of whom live with their parents.

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