Email By political correspondent Emma Griffiths Updated October 06, 2016 12:13:20 Video: State Premiers revolt over budget cuts (Lateline) Photo: Queensland’s premier Campbell Newman (centre) has called for an emergency meeting of COAG to discuss the cuts. (AAP: Alan Porritt) Related Story: PM open to negotiations to get budget through Senate Map: Australia State premiers have reacted angrily to an $80 billion federal budget cut to schools and hospitals funding, accusing the Commonwealth of trying to “wedge” them into pushing for a hike to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).Commonwealth funding will be slashed from schools and hospitals over the next decade, as the Federal Government moves agreements with the states and territories to “more realistic” deals.Labor’s Gonski school funding plan will be dumped in 2017-18, saving about $30 billion from the federal budget.Hospital funding agreements, agreed with the states and territories under former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd, will also be wound back from 2017, saving a massive $50 billion over eight years.New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says the Federal Government is trying to fix the budget bottom line by shifting the burden to the states – and the states will not cop it.”When we got our house… Read full this story
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