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‘20 for 2020’ -- This is NOT to reduce budgets for these three ministries, INSTEAD, it is to ensure what’s allocated provides BC residents the best services and education possible

Today's topic on “20 for 2020” is one that is occasionally heard – generally from individuals and political parties who describe themselves as grassroots or populist -- but the idea is often times dismissed as too much work.

That idea?? Bottom up budgeting.

Given however that the Ministry of Health consumes over $20 billion dollars each and every year (approximately 36+ percent of the provincial budget), and that amount continues to increase ...

... and that the Education system (K to 12) has a budget of $6.355 billion ... and Advanced Education, Skills, and Training has a budget of $2.212 billion ...  they consume over 16+ percent of the provincial budget ... an amount which also continues to grow annually.

Well over half of the BC budget (many have stated it is in fact nearly 60%) is consumed by these three all important ministries.

To do a complete bottom up budget for each of these three would indeed consume much by way of time, and likely ‘initial’ financial costs, therefore a schedule over multiple years would likely be mor practical, and could be adjusted as needed:

For each of the six Health Authorities ... 1 per year
For the provinces 60 school districts ... 10 districts per year
Advanced Education ... every 3 years
Skills and Training ... every 3 years

Let me be clear, my thought towards this is NOT to reduce the budgets of these three ministries, INSTEAD, it is to ensure the highest portion of monies allocated provide BC residents the best services and education possible.

This could also give British Columbians a better understanding of staffing levels between front-line workers (some would say too low) and administration (some would say too high) – something which I also hear many questions about.

Regardless, there you have it ... suggestion number 13 in our series of “20 for 2020” is to provide bottom up budgeting for the Health and Education Ministries.  Care to share any thoughts you may have on this topic?? I’d be delighted to hear them.

Just a reminder that if you have missed any of the previous ideas and suggestions, from “20 for 2020”, you can catch up at the following links:
#3 … there should be a full review of all license costs and fees, which the provincial government has imposed upon us, to see where and how they are being used


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