Hodgman to attend leaders' budget meeting

Premier Will Hodgman has confirmed he will go to an emergency meeting of state leaders on Sunday as the states hit back over the Commonwealth's planned $80 billion cuts to schools and hospitals.

A spokeswoman confirmed Mr Hodgman would attend the strategy meeting convened by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird who has described Tuesday's federal budget as a ''kick in the guts''.

Mr Hodgman has been more mild in his reaction but says he is concerned about the moves to make the state pay more for health and education services in the long term.

This morning, he again ruled out supporting any increase to the GST rate or raising state taxes to cover the expected massive shortfall over 10 years.

More details about Sundays meeting will be announced this afternoon.


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