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just for the record... 602 million is technically zero.

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"Despite the deficit, the budget is projected to still be technically balanced, as the NDP government changed the balanced budget legislation in 2008 to allow the government to balance its budgets on a four-year average."

Typical NDP. Trying to spin this off anyway they can. How gullible do they think Manitobans are?

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if this is balanced on a 4 year average and we lost that much this year.... the next 3 years are going to see a lot of belt tightening to make up the average right?


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"Despite the deficit, the budget is projected to still be
technically balanced, as the NDP government changed the balanced budget
legislation in 2008 to allow the government to balance its budgets on a
four-year average."

That's not correct The budget is technically not balanced, but it complies with the balanced budget legislation. Those are two different things. That is poor reporting. I haven't read the article yet, but I do hope that the government isn't actually claiming that it's a balanced budget!!!

http://anybody-want-a-peanut.blogspot.com/

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they certainly are...because they redefined what a balanced budget is.


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hehehehee.....

NDP accounting principles: Don't matter what the numbers actually are. The numbers are what you say they are!

IMHO balanced budget rules should apply to operating account i.e. exclude hydro, MLCC, MPI etc. THAT would be in line with the original intent of the legislation.

Of course, since the NDP takes in $500M + in VLT revenue that will never happen!

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balanced budget rules should apply to operating account i.e. exclude hydro, MLCC, MPI etc.

Agree. They could have a rolling four-year balanced budget requirement for the overall budget including crown corps, but the legislation should require them to balance the operating budget every year.

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cherenkov wrote:
balanced budget rules should apply to operating account i.e. exclude hydro, MLCC, MPI etc.

Agree. They could have a rolling four-year balanced budget requirement for the overall budget including crown corps, but the legislation should require them to balance the operating budget every year.

heh.. it did... up until 2008 when the NDP changed it.


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They sort of did. The old legislation still allowed them to run operating deficits because they could pad the numbers by raiding the fiscal stabilization fund or Manitoba Hydro revenues. It was flawed legislation before, but now it's even worse.

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I wonder what the unfunded liability behind the Teachers Retirement Fund is as well??

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Freeman wrote:I wonder what the unfunded liability behind the Teachers Retirement Fund is as well??
The short answer is that it is the difference between the value of the fund and the funds required if every member retired and took their pension at the rate based on years of service.
Sounds a little confusing, but one of the requirements is that defined benefit pension plans usually require a certain level of funding. The unfunded liability is the difference between that and full requirements.
Since MTS is an ongoing organization, there really isn't any need to worry about having to come up with the difference. It's really just a accounting entry.

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St Norberter wrote:
Freeman wrote:I wonder what the unfunded liability behind the Teachers Retirement Fund is as well??
The short answer is that it is the difference between the value of the fund and the funds required if every member retired and took their pension at the rate based on years of service.
Sounds a little confusing, but one of the requirements is that defined benefit pension plans usually require a certain level of funding. The unfunded liability is the difference between that and full requirements.
Since MTS is an ongoing organization, there really isn't any need to worry about having to come up with the difference. It's really just a accounting entry.

Really, aren't all DB pension plans based on the on-going concern theory, and don't they have to have, by law, an actuarial valuation every 3 years, and don't they also have to pass a solvency test, which would require additional solvency payments by the owner of the plan, but noneof this applies to the Teachers Retirement plan because its underwritten by the Province of Manitoba.

I also wonder about the unfunded liability of the Civil Service Superannuation plan. Think they'll show that on the balance sheet?

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Well, at least Selinger can blame it on Doer, who has fled the country. Pity the poor guy that was responsible for finance under Doer....what a minute.....

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So what's the 4 year average at? Every province is getting killed this year. It's stupid to call the thing technically 'balanced', but if there's some legislation that requires you to keep things balanced at all times, I could see them doing something like the 4 year average to comply with it so you don't need to cut programs like crazy for something like a temporary economic hit.

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There is no way possible that they can be pulling numbers out of their arses that somehow balances out a loss of 600 mill this year. They MUST be thinking that the next 3 years are all going to have some Magical 200+million in extra cash coming in. This would require a 800 million turn around for next year. THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN WITHOUT SELLING SOMETHING.


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Deank wrote:There is no way possible that they can be pulling numbers out of their arses that somehow balances out a loss of 600 mill this year. They MUST be thinking that the next 3 years are all going to have some Magical 200+million in extra cash coming in. This would require a 800 million turn around for next year. THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN WITHOUT SELLING SOMETHING.

Really? 2006-2007 had a surplus of $430M, 2007-2008 had a surplus of around $330M, don't know the exact number of 2008-2009. Reuters lists the 4 year total including this $600M loss at $221M surplus. I'm sure everyone who has been complaing about paying too much tax which results in these high surpluses for the last few years remembers this.

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Look to the future... not the past. The economy is going to be turning around very slowly and there WILL be a loss again next year. This loss coupled with next years.. and possibly the year after that... that 4th year is going to have to do some freakin wonderful magic to balance things outs.


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I don't know how slow the pace of turnaround is going to be. Wouldn't be surprised if things are back in a couple of years. One year with good transfer payments and not much increased spending will balance everything out. But are you saying it should be averaged over an even longer time because if we get caught in a cycle that takes another year or two to turn around it doesn't make sense to tear the whole system apart to make the books look a little better if we are aware of the temporary situation?

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Wouldn't assume good transfer payments. All indications are that they are going to be decreasing. Besides, we should be scaling back on the amount of transfer payments we accept from Ottawa.

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fuuck no.. I am saying it should not be averaged since it VERY obvious that the government can not properly predict the future.

Harper has already said be prepared for some serious belt tightening.. that will mean a cut in transfer payments. Probably a substancial cut.

without our transfer payments we are really screwed.


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