Follow the Money: Where is Albertas Wealth Going?

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byKevin Taft, Mel McMillan, Junaid Jahangir

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Alberta’s most insightful political commentator is back with another essential book. Kevin Taft, together with economists Mel McMillan and Junaid Jahangir, follows the money to uncover why Alberta — one of the richest places on earth — still talks poor when it comes to public services.

Do we really spend more than we can afford, more than we can sustain, on health care? On education? Why doesn’t Alberta have enough hospital beds? Why have our schools faced teacher layoffs? Why are our city streets potholed, and why are rising numbers of Alberta children living in poverty? Where is all our wealth going?Follow the Money uncovers the truth behind the government’s austerity slogans and cutbacks. The hard-hitting evidence of Follow the Money challenges Albertans to rethink the past and remake the future.

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Alberta’s most insightful political commentator is back with another essential book. Kevin Taft, together with economists Mel McMillan and Junaid Jahangir, follows the money to uncover why Alberta — one of the richest places on earth — still talks poor when it comes to public services. Do we really spend more than we can afford, more than we can sustain, on health care? On education? Why doesn’t ...

Kevin Taft, PhD, has spent most of his career working on public policy in government, in the non-profit sector, and in private practice. He served three terms as an MLA in the Alberta legislature, including almost five years as Leader of the Opposition. He has a PhD in business.Mel McMillan, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Economics, and a fellow of the Institute of Public Economics, at the University of Al...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.96 × 6.03 × 0.4 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Brush EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550594354

ISBN - 13:9781550594355

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Table of Contents

1. Where is the wealth going?
2. The stunning wealth at stake
3. The big picture evidence on government spending
4. Fact: A shrinking share of wealth for public services
5. Numbers as evidence
6. The prime suspect: Health care
7. A diagnosis of chronic crisis
8. Education by the numbers
9. Tracking public money for housing and social services
10. It’s time for a human services index
11. Tracking transportation and other spending
12. Tracking money into savings funds
13. Tracking personal incomes
14. The answer tracked down
15. Hard truths
16. A Future to build
Afterword: Dominion and destiny