It’s been a whirlwind of week. In case you missed it: on February 3rd, the Edmonton Journal showcased Arts Student Emma Tunney’s perspective on the budget dilemma currently before the Government of Alberta. In “Think You’ve Got What It Takes to Plan the Alberta Government’s Budget?,” the Journal quotes Tunney as follows:
Tunney said she was disappointed the budget tool did not give her the option of raising royalty rates on oil and gas companies.
“The premier is fond of saying, ‘Let’s have a conversation.’ Well, I think that should be part of the conversation,” she said.
Tunney said she felt it was best to address the revenue side of the ledger because she wasn’t convinced spending cuts would put a dent in the deficit unless a whole lot of them were made. As such, she made no cuts at all to the $42-billion budget.
Way to go, Emma! Let’s all join her in using the budget tool and other venues to show the Government that the University of Alberta is home to many, many people capable and willing to offer the necessary and imaginative solutions to nurturing this province’s resources for the public good — and ensure the health and vitality of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions.
The budget tool is here.