News M.P.P. Laurie Scott says fix the system, don’t raise H.S.T. to cover infrastructure deficit SHARE ON: Kenny Trenton, contributor, Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 2017 Photo supplied by: Office of MPP Laurie Scott Laurie Scott says she does not want to see the H.S.T. increase. The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock M.P.P. was at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s conference where lower level politicians asked for a one per cent increase in the tax. Councilors, reeves and mayors at A.M.O. asked the province to raise the H.S.T. and pass that onto municipalities to help tackle a nearly $5 billion dollar infrastructure deficit. Scott says the problem with the current municipal funding system is it penalizes districts that report a surplus. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Laurie-1.mp3 Scott adds tweaking the system for municipal funding would make more sense than raising taxes, which she adds would make life more expensive for Ontarians than it already is.