Gas tax, HST hike and tax increases for middle income earners.
The premier says those three things won't be part of the Liberal funding tool plan they'll use to pay for GTHA transit expansion.
Kathleen Wynne said last year that property tax increases were also off the table.
She wouldn't reveal if high income earners and corporations would bear most of the burden for new LRTs, subway expansion and buses. Wynne says the entire plan would be outlined in the spring budget.
In last year's budget, the minority Liberal government announced a plan to put in place High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to pay for transit. They would act like HOV lanes but you would have to pay for access.
Last fall, the Finance Minister revealed a plan to sell Green Bonds to pay, in part for transit expansion.
The premier's office would not offer what income range it considers middle-income, stating repeatedly that the "plan to help middle-income Ontarians will be fully laid out in the upcoming Budget." There are four tax brackets in Ontario.
With the NDP long stressing middle-income earners need to be looked after, the premier denies this decision was to appease the part which has been allowing the government to survive. Wynne says they spoke to families not the NDP about their decision.
The Tories don't buy it.
Progressive Conservative Finance Critic Vic Fedeli says Kathleen Wynne's transit funding tools announcement wasn't for the people of Ontario, but rather one person: NDP leader Andrea Horwath.
NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh says he's sceptical of the premier's announcement, pointing to a Liberal promise not to put in place the HST at all but then doing an about-face.