Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post Tagged with: Ginnie Mae MBS Mortgage-Backed Securities Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Ginnie Mae MBS Mortgage-Backed Securities 2018-06-18 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago According to the to the latest update from the Government National Mortgage Association—otherwise known as Ginnie Mae—the organization’s total outstanding principal balance related to its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) hit $1.960 trillion in May 2018, edging closer to the $2 trillion mark.Ginnie Mae is a wholly-owned government corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country. Ginnie’s report reveals that MBS issuance thus far for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) stands at $286.338 billion, as of the end of May. The $1.960 trillion total outstanding principal balance as of May’s end was up from $1.830 trillion in May 2017.Ginnie’s MBS issuance for May 2018 totaled slightly more than $35 billion, including $33.431 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.890 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS. That includes $1.746 billion of loans for multifamily housing. That overall total is up slightly from April’s total of $34 billion, which included $32.437 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.631 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS.Per Ginnie’s statement, Ginnie Mae I MBS “are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities on which registered holders receive separate principal and interest payments on each of their certificates.” Ginnie Mae I MBS include single-family, multifamily, manufactured home, and project construction loans.Ginnie Mae II MBS “are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities for which registered holders receive an aggregate principal and interest payment from a central paying agent. An issuer may participate in the Ginnie Mae II MBS either by issuing custom, single-issuer pools or through participation in the issuance of multiple-issuer pools, which combine loans with similar characteristics.”There have been several noteworthy developments within Ginnie of late. Earlier this month, Ginnie issued an All Participants Memorandum (APM) announcing the implementation of changes to pooling eligibility requirements for Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) insured or guaranteed mortgages under the “Loan Seasoning for Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities,” provision. These changes affect security issuances on or after June 1, 2018, but do not otherwise affect the guarantee or composition of MBS issued before that date. You can read more about the changes by clicking here.In May, the White House announced that President Trump was nominating Michael R. Bright as the President of Ginnie. If confirmed, Bright would be the agency’s first permanent head since Ted Tozer stepped down in January 2017, wrapping up a seven-year tenure as head of Ginnie. Bright wouldn’t be new to Ginnie—he has served as Ginnie’s VP and COO since the middle of 2017. In that role, Bright manages Ginnie’s portfolio of mortgage-backed securities. You can read more about Bright’s background and qualifications by clicking here. Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 18, 2018 2,694 Views Previous: Coastal Flooding—A Trillion-Dollar Threat Next: Fannie Weighs in on Economic & Housing Momentum Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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United to start summer tour in Bangkok

first_imgManchester United will open their 2013 summer tour in Thailand. The club have previously announced matches in Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong. United confirmed that they will take on the Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on July 13. It will be United’s fifth visit to the country, but their first in 12 years. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Trail Allstars fall to 1-2 after Day three BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships

first_imgTrail staged a rally scoring three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Nelson’s Bryce Sookro and Darren Issel each crossed the plate twice for Trail.DeWitt took the loss on the mound for Trail but finished the game with two RBI’s.Trail rebounded Sunday by outlasting Victoria Beacon Hill Allstars 20-14.Trail jumped out to a 11-0 lead after two innings before the Island squad staged a comeback, and led the game 14-13 entering the bottom of the sixth.That’s when Trail pushed across seven runs to secure the victory.Sookro registered the win on the mound with Will Doerksen, Sam McLaren and Issell leading the way offensively, each finishing with two hits and three RBI’s.Connor Stainer, Sookro and Kelton Forte of Nelson each had two RBI’s.Trail outhit Beacon Hill 15-9 but committed four errors that helped the Victoria offence.Seamus Boyd is the other Nelson Baseball Association player on the Trail roster.Trail returns to the diamond Tuesday against Highlands.In other games, Hastings meets Beacon Hill and Dunbar faces White Rock. The Trail Allstars are 1-2 after Day three of the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships.The Trail Allstars lost 11-1 to White Rock in five innings Monday at Andy Bilesky Park in the Silver City.Nelson’s Noah Quinn drove home the only run for Trail with an RBI in the fourth inning.White Rock scoreed two in the first inning before blowing the game open with three runs in the third and four in the fourth.Brayden DeWitt took the loss for Trail.Kai Cuminskey was the winning pitcher for White Rock.Trail opened the tournament Saturday with a 12-7 loss to Hastings Allstars of Vancouver.Hastings scored five runs in the second inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. Hastings, finishing the game with 11 hits, added a single in the third frame and four in the fourth to open a 10-1 lead.last_img read more

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Donegal welding company to showcase its ‘Compact Gangway System’ to US markets

first_imgA Killybegs-based engineering and manufacturing company is travelling with six other businesses from the North West region to the US this month as part of a joint trade mission between the Councils in Donegal and Derry City and Strabane.MMG Welding are experts in coded welding and fabrication providing services to those working in the Marine, Off Shore Energy and Renewable industries.The company are also the manufacturers of their patented Compact Gangway Systems which features a unique folding mechanism designed for safe vessel access and the provision for storage solutions for vessels with limited space. The Trade and Investment mission will run from 11-15 November and be led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Councils and will include third level and further education providers and development organisations including the Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College, Donegal ETB and Udaras na Gaeltachta.Speaking ahead of the trade visit the company director Martin McGuinness said it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to promote their patented gangway systems solution to a new market and to build on the company’s strong reputation on delivering the high-quality work.“We are a unique business and believe this trade mission will really allow us to showcase our products to those interested in finding unique safety solutions for vessels.“Our patented Compact Gangway Systems launched in 2017 is fast becoming an essential part of the safety equipment on vessels.  What is unique about this product is that it adjusts automatically with tide/pier levels– features drainage perforated tread plate steps for maximum safety, and collapsible handrails making it an ideal safe solution for vessels with limited storage space. “Gangways can be custom-built, with a range of accessories available, they are light in weight without compromising on strength hence they are easily put in place with assembly taking only five minutes.“The range includes a new innovative design the Vessel to Vessel Gangway (V.T.V.) which is the first of its kind in the market enabling personnel to safely cross over from one vessel to another. This particular product won a European Commercial Marine award at an Innovation Showcase held at Seawork Southampton, Europe’s leading commercial marine and workboat exhibition.”MMG currently employs 12 people at its plant in Killybegs and has enjoyed success since it was established in 2005. Not only has it developed a strong sectoral reputation, the company has also secured significant contracts with Shell Oil, Svitzer and Furgo Offshore.Martin is confident the trade mission will assist in making new business contacts and help develop the company to the next stage.“We are really positive about the way our company is growing and hope that this visit can really assist us in bringing our products to new markets. We are looking forward to gaining first-hand valuable knowledge on the American market and to learn specific client requirements and needs, which hopefully may lead to successful contracts in the future.” The trade mission is part of the region’s strategy to promote inward investment and provide local businesses access to potential export opportunity as well as build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in Boston and Philadelphia with the North West City region and will be an opportunity to further reach out to the Irish diaspora.Eibhlin McGuinness, MMG Welding who will travel to the US this month as part of a high-level trade and investment delegation led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council.The US trade mission takes place from 11-15 November and is funded by The Executive Office and the Irish Government.During the visit, the participating businesses will meet with key contacts, explore and understand opportunities in the US market, develop in-market networks and develop relationships with potential customers. The civic delegation led by the two Mayors, will meet with Congressman Brendan Boyle, engage with Philadelphia Council and attend a Philadelphia Diaspora event.While in Boston they will visit the Irish Immigration Centre, meet State representatives at the State House and attend the official launch of the Harvard GSD Visit Atlas for a City Region project. In addition to attending bespoke business to business meetings and engaging with potential investors and business connections, the delegation will attend a reception hosted by the Irish Consulate in Boston and be guests at the Golden Bridges Conference.Donegal welding company to showcase its ‘Compact Gangway System’ to US markets was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Packers coach Matt LaFleur texts his buddy Robert Saleh: Got some tips?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ defense is tops in the NFL. First-year Packers coach Matt LaFleur thought he might have an exclusive advantage for his team heading into the Week 12 matchup.He whipped out his phone and shot 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh a text.“I asked him to call me,” LaFleur said. “I shot him a text message and said ‘Hey, would you give me a call? I got a couple questions about your defense.’”Saleh laughed. There would be no hints exchanged between these two close, …last_img read more

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Microsoft Research Watch: AI, NoSQL and Microsoft’s Big Data Future

first_imgThe project site claims that Probase is richer than other ontology/taxonomy knowledge bases like the ones mentioned above because it structures data according to three dimensions: concept, data and relationship dimension. Its concept dimension contains about 2.7 million concepts. According to the Probase site, Freebase contains 1,450 concepts, DBPedia contains 259 and ResearchCyc contains approximately 120,000.One of the most important elements of Probase is that it doesn’t regard the data it contains as facts. “Data in Probase, as knowledge in our mind, is not black or white,” the site says. “Probase quantifies the uncertainty.” Here’s a more expanded explanation:Probase has a large data space. As an example, Cyc contains about two dozen painters, while Probase has close to 1,000 of them ordered by their popularity. The importance of data scale becomes more apparent for less frequently used concepts, or concepts on the long tail. Take the concept Chinese provinces as an example, Cyc does not contain a complete list of Chinese provinces, while Probase has all the provinces (ranked by popularity). The reason that Probase is able to accumulate a large amount of data is because of its probabilistic nature. We do not regard the data in Probase as facts, instead, we regard them as claims or beliefs associated with probabilities modeling their plausibility, ambiguity, and other characteristics. Furthermore, we regard external data, such as the Web, Freebase, DBPedia, dictionaries and encyclopedias, IMDB, Amazon, etc., as evidences that can add to or modify the claims and beliefs in Probase. This means Probase is able to integrate information of varied quality from heterogeneous data sources.For more background on the problems posed by this sort of project, research the history of Cyc.This would be very useful in Microsoft Bing, which was originally billed as a more semantically intelligent search engine. In 2008 Microsoft acquired Powerset, a semantic search engine that searched Freebase and Wikipedia for answers. According to former Powerset engineers on Quora, the technology may have been used in Bing Reference.Google acquired Metaweb, the company that developed Freebase, last year.TrinityAccording to the site, the main features of Trinity are:Data model: hypergraph.Distributed: Trinity can be deployed on one machine or hundreds of machines.A graph database: Trinity is a memory-based graph store with rich database features, including highly concurrent online query processing, ACI transaction support, etc. Currently, Trinity provides C# APIs to the user for graph processing.A parallel graph processing system: Trinity supports large scale, offline batch processing. Both Synchronous and Asynchronous batch computation is supported.Here’s an illustration of its architecture: Probase is a Microsoft Research project described as an “ongoing project that focuses on knowledge acquisition and knowledge serving.” Its primary goal is to “enable machines to understand human behavior and human communication.” It can be compared to Cyc, DBpedia or Freebase in that it is attempting to compile a massive collection of structured data that can be used to power artificial intelligence applications.It’s powered by a new graph database called Trinity, which is also a Microsoft Research project. Trinity was spotted today by MyNoSQL blogger Alex Popescu, and that led us to Probase. Neither project seems to be available to the public yet.These and other projects shed some light on Microsoft’s search and big data ambitions.Probase Tags:#cloud#Trends Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Microsoft’s other NoSQL related projects include Windows Azure Table Storage, a big table-based database for the Azure platform, and Dryad, an alternative to Hadoop.Other examples of graph databases include Neo4j, HyperGraphDB, InfiniteGraph and FlockDB.The FutureIt’s not hard to connect the dots between Bing, Dryad, Probase and Trinity. Microsoft is building a set of tools to rival those used internally at Google and the open source tools used by companies like Facebook and Twitter. The interesting thing will be what Microsoft does with its data.RedMonk analyst and co-founder Stephen O’Grady looked at the value of software in a recent blog post. O’Grady looked at the changing role software over three generations, using Microsoft, Google and Facebook as the primary examples.For Microsoft, software has always been the product. Google turned this around, by using proprietary software and custom infrastructure to power a service. Facebook takes this a step further – it uses commodity open source software. It uses PHP and MySQL and gives away custom in house software like Cassandra and Hip Hop. Its strategic advantage is in its data.Although Microsoft probably won’t give away Dryad or Trinity, it looks like it might be moving towards the Facebook model. Will Microsoft be able to turn itself around and become a data company instead of a software company?Lead image by nasa1fan/MSFC klint finleylast_img read more

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7 days agoLiverpool facing a jam-packed December schedule

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool facing a jam-packed December scheduleby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are facing a jam-packed December schedule with their squad being stretched to the limit over the festive period. Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title chasers will have to play nine matches between December 4 and January 2. The FIFA Club World Cup semi-final and then final or third place play-off will take Liverpool out to Qatar between December 18 and 22. Just four days later, Klopp’s men face a Boxing Day clash away against Leicester.Three days after that, the European Champions welcome Wolves to Anfield.Liverpool kick off their December matches with the Merseyside derby on home soil before facing Bournemouth away, then RB Salzburg in the Champions League on December 10. Then comes another home game against Watford before the Club World Cup kicks off. On January 2, Liverpool face Sheffield United before then can have some recovery time for the first time in a month. last_img read more

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4 days agoArsenal seek new defender signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal seek new defender signingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are likely to sign another defender next summer, according to reports.David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and William Saliba were all signed by the Gunners this summer.But football.london says Unai Emery wants more reinforcements when the transfer window rolls around next summer.The North London outfit have conceded 11 goals in their eight games so far this season. last_img read more

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Child Ambassadors: Safeguarding the Welfare of Abused Children

first_imgEducating young Jamaicans about child abuse and the course of action to be taken to address this, while helping children who may be suffering in silence, are some of the objectives of the newly established volunteer Child Ambassadors initiative of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).Launched in 2012, the programme is one of the OCR’s main initiatives aimed at involving more youngsters in the fight against child abuse.Currently, there are nine child ambassadors, who were selected from across the island six months ago and presented with their instruments of appointments by Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna. They will serve for one year. One of the ambassadors, St. Andrew High School student, Ashlie Barrett, has high praises for the concept.“So far the programme has been excellent (and) it has been great experience. We have had a lot of exposure,” she tells JIS News.Miss Barrett says her love for other children led her to joining the programme, noting that children “are our most important investment in this country because they are our future.”Registrar of the OCR Greig Smith, says prior to being appointed, the ambassadors participated in several workshops and training programmes at the agency’s head office, in KingstonHe explains that they learned about the importance of children’s agencies and how they, on their roles as ambassadors, can interface children within their communities and schools, as well as their peers.Mr. Smith tells JIS News that they are expected to encourage children who they know have been or suspect of being abused, to make reports to the OCR.“They can now educate their peers at devotions, educate parents at Parent/Teachers Association (PTA) meetings on what they need to do if they suspect or know of cases of child abuse,” he points out.Miss Barrett says she has endeavoured to heighten the level of awareness by distributing flyers and brochures at her school, and sharing information garnered at the training sessions.“I am planning to initiate a club. But right now what I am doing is handing out some flyers and informing my fellow class mates as well as members of the school population (on) what the OCR is about. I tell them not to be afraid, (but) to speak up against child abuse of any form,” she points out.The young ambassador notes that her peers’ interest is often piqued whenever mention is made of the $500,000 fine which failure to report knowledge of child abuse, attracts.Being an Ambassador has not sidetracked Miss Barrett from her studies. In fact, she indicates that she is currently preparing to sit this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).She points out that she has successfully maintained a balance between her duties as an ambassador and school work. This, while disseminating useful information on how to deal with child abuse to her peers, through the social media networks.“When I have free time, I put my efforts towards being an ambassador and really representing the OCR as much as I can. I’ve been spreading the word on Facebook and other social network,” she says.While noting that she is yet to encounter any case of child abuse, Miss Barrett informs that persons have advised her of such occurrences.“Students have been coming to me to say that they know of cases and I have been trying to get information. I’m in the process of collecting (more information) before making a report to the OCR,” she discloses.Other Child Ambassadors have welcomed their appointments and are committing to doing everything possible to make a difference in the lives of youngsters who have experienced abuse.“I saw being a Child Ambassador as a chance to bring about a change and I think the OCR has given me the opportunity to do just that. I will make it my priority to see (that) our nation’s children cared for in the best way possible,” student of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon and Ambassador for Region 6, Tasheka Nevers, says.Saran Wilson of Westwood High School in Trelawny and Ambassador for Region 3, points out that:  “I chose to become a Child Ambassador for the OCR as I believe that all children should be encouraged to express themselves, as they are usually undermined in society.”The other ambassadors appointed are: Robyn Boyd of Marymount High School, St. Mary; Moesha Allen, Maud McLeod High School, Westmoreland; Deandra Goss, Hampton High School, St. Elizabeth; Francesco Wilkie, Pembroke Hall High School, St. Andrew; Brandon Blythe, Petersville All Age School, Westmoreland; and Xaundre Mohansingh, Glenmuir High School.Since receiving their instruments of appointments, seven of the ambassadors have been formally introduced to their respective institutions through school tours organized by the OCR. These tours will eventually be rolled out to other schools across the island, and will also be used by the agency to launch the OCR Clubs in Schools initiative. CONTACT: ELAINE HARTMAN-RECKFORDlast_img read more

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Highlights from the Ontario budget unveiled on Wednesday

first_imgOntario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has unveiled the Liberal government’s last budget before the spring election. Here are the highlights:____MULTI-YEAR DEFICITSAfter a year of balanced books, the Liberals are projecting a deficit of $6.7 billion for the coming fiscal year.The shortfall is largely due to big-ticket spending promises from the Liberals aimed at “making everyday life more affordable” for Ontarians.The Liberals project shrinking deficits over the medium term, with a plan to balance the books again by 2024-25.That assumes they’d be able to form a government not only in this year’s election on June 7, but in the next vote as well.____NEW DRUG AND DENTAL PLANMany of the big promises included in the budget were announced ahead of time, but one major program unveiled Wednesday promises drug and dental support to those who don’t have other health coverage.The Ontario Drug and Dental Program will reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses for those without other coverage.The plan will cover $400 per person, $600 per couple and $700 for a family of four.The program takes effect in summer 2019, and will cost the province roughly $800 million over its first two years.____SUPPORT FOR SENIORSThe budget contains several perks for seniors, including a new benefit for those living at home and full prescription drug coverage.Under the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, those age 75 and over will receive up to $750 a year to offset home maintenance and other costs.The new plan will cost over $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020.The province is also expanding its OHIP+ program, which currently serves those under 25, to make prescription drugs free for people over age 65 and over at a cost of about $1 billion over three years.____BIG SPENDING ON CHILD CAREParents with young children stand to save in the future, with the province promising to make preschool free for kids aged two-and-a-half and up.The Liberals say the program, which takes effect in 2020, would save the average family with one child $17,000.It’s expected to cost roughly $2.2 billion over three years.The government also plans to add 100,000 new child-care spaces, and provide before- and after-school programs in most elementary schools.____BOOST FOR HOSPITALS, MENTAL HEALTHThe province is spending big on health care, with roughly $19 billion earmarked over the next decade for hospital construction and renovation.That includes $2.4 billion for redevelopment of Toronto’s SickKids hospital, and a $1.8 billion project at the Ottawa Hospital.The government is also pledging to provide “better and faster” mental health service through more than $2 billion in new funding over four years.The money will increase access to free psychotherapy, provide high schools with mental health supports and create a new fund to support LGBTQ and other under-served communities.____SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLEThe Liberals are promising to continue what they call a “commitment to reconciliation,” with several budget measures to support Indigenous people.The biggest pledge is aimed at improving on-reserve child care, with the government promising $40 million over three years in new operating funding.It’s also committing $290 million over six years in an effort to double child-care capacity on-reserve.Other measures include targeted funding for mental-health care and $1 million to help provide healthy food to remote communities.____RAMP UP TO CANNABIS PROFITSThe government predicts it will take some time for the province’s legal cannabis regime to start turning a profit.With the federal government planning to legalize recreational pot this year, Ontario will set up a Crown corporation to handle distribution.The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a subsidiary of the LCBO, is projected to lose $40 million in its first full year of operation.But by the 2020-21 fiscal year, it’s expected to bring in a net income of $100 million.____TOBACCO TAX CONTINUES TO CLIMBSmokers will pay about two cents more per cigarette starting March 29, as the province tries to get more people to kick the habit.Continuing a plan announced in last year’s budget, the price of a carton of smokes will go up by $4 per carton.That follows a $2 per carton bump in 2017, with another $4 increase coming in 2019.The province hopes to achieve the lowest smoking rate in the country, and reduce the estimated 16,000 deaths attributed to smoking each year.____NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT GETS A BOOSTThe Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, which supports job creation across northern Ontario, is getting a boost from the provincial budget, to the tune of $85 million over three years.The new money will bring the corporation’s total budget to $150 million by the 2020-21 fiscal year.The government says the aim is to create jobs and foster “productivity and innovation in the north.”The Liberals are also pledging to support the forestry industry in the face of uncertainty over U.S. trade policy on softwood lumber.____OPPOSITION LEADERS REACTDoug Ford and Andrea Horwath don’t agree on much, but they found common ground in what they both call the “good news” in the latest Liberal budget.In separate speeches Wednesday afternoon, the Progressive Conservative and NDP leaders promised it would be Kathleen Wynne’s last budget as premier.Ford accused Wynne of making big promises with taxpayer money, while pledging that a Tory government would find enough efficiencies to balance the books.Horwath said the Liberal government leaves too many people behind, falling short of her goals of universal pharmacare and dental coverage.____last_img read more

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