State budget needs input

BUSINESSES and community groups across the south-west are being urged to make submissions into the next state budget which will be handed down in May.

Treasurer Kim Wells said the government wanted to be better informed about the challenges and opportunities facing businesses and other groups.

Mr Wells said the government had a clear plan to drive economic growth, generate jobs, deliver major infrastructure and improve community services for Victorians.

“We are the only state in Australia on track for an operating surplus across the forward estimates and the only state to hold a AAA credit rating with a stable outlook from both major international credit ratings agencies,” Mr Wells.

“We want to be better. 

“I encourage Victorians to have their say by submitting their ideas for the 2013-14 budget.

Mr Wells said that submissions should reflect the government’s commitment to responsible budget management and the need to offset any proposed spending with equivalent savings.

Submissions must be lodged with the government by the end of the month.

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