$4 billion in Budget Cuts Risks Regions

$4 billion in Budget Cuts Risks Regions

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has raised concerns about Premier Daniel Andrews failure to detail where $4 billion of cuts would come from in the Victorian State Budget.

Speaking today Mr Blackwood said already regional Victoria was struggling under the Andrews Labor Government and prospect of cuts to critical areas such as health, education, business support and regional investment had local communities concerned.

‘Victoria is the highest taxed State in the country and at a time when local businesses and households are doing it tough, a State Budget ripping $4 billion from the books would be a disaster,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘The Treasurer confirmed last week $4 billion would be cut from the State Budget and that every line item was being reviewed to see where those cuts would come from.

‘Regional rail reliability is at an all time low, our regional hospital system is struggling, local schools need critical upgrades, local roads in regional Victoria are falling apart and power costs have blown out with a failure by the government to get the investment in our networks right.

‘Today in Question Time the Premier has failed to allay concerns about the state of the upcoming budget and just where cuts might come from to prop up projects which have massively blown out in almost every portfolio on his watch.

‘Time and time again it appears the Andrews Labor Government are more interested in announcing projects, putting on a hard hat and getting a photo than they are in delivering the right investment where it is needed most to support local communities,’ said Mr Blackwood.

Gary Blackwood MP
State Member for Narracan
3/24 Mason Street

Ph: 5623 1960
Fax: 5623 4506

Email: gary.blackwood@parliament.vic.gov.au  


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