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    NWT budget: A balancing act at its best

    Whatever you do, don’t call it an austerity budget.

    Premier Bob McLeod kicked off the takedown of the term that suggests extreme measures in his opening statement on May 31, the first day of spring session. “Like every government before us, we have to take a hard look at what we are spending to make sure our programs are aligned with the priorities we have agreed on, that they are as efficient as possible and that they are still needed,” the premier said.

    “This is not austerity, Mr. Speaker, this is simply what responsible governments do to make sure they can continue to afford the programs and services the public needs by trimming and redirecting spending to keep it in line with revenues.”

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