Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan’s finance minister was talking about options governments face when they’re short revenue when he used the phrase “draconian cuts.”
Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said this week governments have two or three choices when faced with drops in revenue.
Doherty said they include raising taxes, making draconian cuts in spending or running a deficit choices the province is looking at as it tries to balance the budget.
The premier said the government will lay out a plan for its finances in coming weeks.
It’s been a difficult year for Saskatchewan’s bottom line a drop in the price of oil has erased about 500-million dollars in revenue.
A budget update released in November showed the province is projecting a deficit of 262-million dollars compared with a surplus of just over 100-million dollars that was forecast in March.
NDP Opposition Leader Cam Broten said the government needs to tell people what to expect before the provincial election April 4.
Broten says the government continues to increase debt and spend the province’s rainy day fund.