New Brunswick’s auditor general is out with his latest report. It’s almost 200 pages worth of mostly data on the provincial books. I am still going through it but page 48 is interesting. That is where you will find a comparison of spending activity by major cost area for the last five and up to nine years (comparative).
For example, health care spending was up $172 million in from 2007 to 2008 up from $153 million increase in the previous year and $120 million increase in the year before that. In fact, health care cost increases are accelerating under the Libs. Overall government spending is well above the rate of inflation and GDP growth for as far back as the report goes.
It is good to see that economic development spending is up in recent years but it is more important to see that translating in to good jobs and leveraging private sector investment.
If you have a few hours to kill, you should have a look.