Maureen MacDonald’s first budget as the NDP’s Finance Minister will do a lot of good for a lot of people, but mostly it seems directed at Mom and Pop voters.
The biggest news in the budget will play well with parents:
1. Insulin pumps for kids up to age 19 and supplies for those under 25. Health Minister Dave Wilson had been pushing for very hard for this for some time and good on him for doing so.
2. Expanded newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and eight additional conditions.
3. Reversal of Liberal cuts to kids’ dental coverage: children aged 13 and under will be able to receive universal dental coverage for check-ups and treatment. Nova Scotia now has one of the most accessible dental coverage programs in the country.
4. More mental health clinicians in more schools means children and adolescents get the services they need, sooner.
5. Continuing Ramona Jennex’s cap on class sizes for grades primary to three at 25 students. Average class sizes in Nova Scotia will remain the smallest in a generation.
We’ll pore over the budget documents this weekend for future posts.
But at first blush, this looks to be the NDP’s best budget yet.