LETHBRIDGE: Both City of Lethbridge officials and the University of Lethbridge are happy following the release of the provincial budget Thursday.
Mayor Rajko Dodic explained that continued support of the Municipal Sustainability Initiatives, means funding will stay in place for projects like the new cemetary, Enmax Centre renovations and bridge rehabilitation.
U-of-L President Mike Mann was also pleased with the budget, noting that while they won't be seeing any additional funding from the government, they are still happy to not be faced with any cuts to advanced education.
On the flip side, the Alberta Liberal party feels the budget leaves plenty of room for improvement.
Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor says while they're happy about additional funding for things like health-care, it won't help deal with management problems and a lack of front line workers.
She stated that in order to make any real improvements the health super-board needs to be scrapped in favour of local boards.
Pastoor went on to say that the budget is no more then a "feel-good, election year budget." She added that the government is spending money, without addressing the problems that are in place, such as a lack of savings.
She concluded that relying on oil and gas revenues to turn the economy around in 2014, is a huge risk for our province.