‘Vindicated’ about overspending PIGS

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has just issued a report that points to these “impossible to maintain” spending increases

Editor, The News:

Re: Report spanks cities for overspending (mapleridgenews.com).

I have been writing letters for years and years about the out-of-control spending that our municipal governments foist upon us every year.

Each year it is more than the previous.

I write to bring this to the attention of our civic politicians and yet I hear no response. Not only am I ignored, but each year but my taxes go up.

Now, I am vindicated.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has just issued a report that points to these “impossible to maintain” spending increases.

Unless our new crop of politicians do something about it, we are going to find ourselves in the same predicament as Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (PIGS, for short).

It is also interesting to note the vast majority of increases in municipal spending comes in the form of wages and benefits to the non-unionized work force, of which Metro Vancouver is the worst. They are better known as the bureaucrats.

This must not only stop, but it must be turned back by at least 50 per cent.

Mike Boileau

Maple Ridge