Taxes and turbines feature in ROMA bear pit session

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Taxes, turbines dominate talks between province and mayors

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BY ANTONELLA ARTUSO ,QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU CHIEF

FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 08:30 PM EST | UPDATED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 08:33 PM EST

Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY)

TORONTO – The Ontario government will take a “moderate” approach to balancing the provincial budget that doesn’t cut spending at the expense of municipalities, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

“The notion that we can right now as a government step back from supporting communities and supporting investment is just not right,” Wynne told the combined Ontario Good Roads Association and Rural Ontario Municipal Association Annual Conference Wednesday. “Our plan is practical, it’s steady, it’s balanced … it’s not focused on cutting, it’s not focused on slashing because austerity has a cost.”

In the traditional “bear pit” that followed Wynne’s speech, cabinet ministers were pressed on a number of issues of concern to municipalities, including…

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