Government workers in B.C. are absent from their jobs for personal reasons 49 per cent more often than private-sector workers.
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Premier John Horgan’s NDP government campaigned on balanced budgets.
Overall, the NDP added $4.4 billion in new spending over three years.
The Horgan government has effectively increased spending by an additional $4.5 billion in the first few months of its term.
Government program spending will reach $49.2 billion, 6.6 per cent higher than last year.
Rhetoric from the campaign trail stressed increased spending and higher taxes.
On a per student basis, inflation adjusted education spending in B.C. public schools increased by 18.3 per cent.
Despite avoiding annual budget deficits, Premier Clark has allowed government debt to grow under her watch—by almost $7 billion.