WINNIPEG - Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are promising to cut taxes within a year of taking office if they win the April 19 election.

Tory Leader Brian Pallister says he will increase income tax brackets and index them to the rate of inflation in his first full budget year.

Most provinces already index tax brackets, and Pallister says Manitoba has fallen behind.

Pallister is also promising to raise the basic personal exemption toward the national average within his first term.

He has already promised a tax cut - reducing the provincial sales tax to seven per cent.

Pallister says he will pay for his promises by cutting waste in government and will release the full cost of the Tory platform on Friday.