Chamber Comments on Provincial Budget
Fri, Jun. 3, 2016

There weren’t a lot of surprises in the budget when it was released on Wednesday, June 1st.  The government made it clear that we were going to see a deficit budget, and the final number came in at $434.2 million.  “The deficit is a concern certainly but the commitment to an aggressive plan to get back to balance within a short time period is positive,” commented Chamber President Larry Heggs.  

The budget again indicated a strong commitment from the government to infrastructure spending, and included and additional $1.3 million in funding for continued planning for the highway #6 & #39 twinning project from Regina to Estevan.  “We’re pleased to see the infrastructure spending”, stated Rochelle Wendt, Chamber Manager, “and we support the Saskatchewan Chamber recommendations for strategic infrastructure spending on projects that improve productivity and enhance export capacity as this project does.”

The question mark in the budget is the government’s commitment to what they are calling a ‘transformational change plan’.  “We certainly advocate for the efficient delivery of government services and a modernization of programs where necessary” continued Wendt, “and we will continue to watch closely at the details of this new plan are revealed”.  The provincial government has already stated that there will be a review of how health care and education are delivered in the province with the possible amalgamation of Heath Regions as the first step in the process.     


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