Alberta creates online build-a-budget as it faces looming $6B cut in oil revenue

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EDMONTON - The Alberta government is inviting citizens to build their own online budget to show them where to cut spending and where to hike revenues.

The tool, found on the government website, allows people to click on options to cut various services and programs and see what effect they have on the bottom line.

Premier Alison Redford has said that falling oil revenues will mean a $6-billion hit to the next budget, which is to be delivered March 7.

The online budget, however, already doesn't mesh with reality.

Would-be budgeters can choose to increase taxes or bring back health premiums — two options Redford has rejected for this year.

The project is part of an information blitz by the premier to get the word out that her government is going to be making some difficult choices to try to hold the line on spending.

Geographic location: Alberta, EDMONTON

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