Some highlights from the Saskatchewan throne speech delivered Tuesday, which largely reiterates Saskatchewan Party promises from the recent election campaign;
- Changing Crown protection legislation so that 40 government-owned liquor stores can be sold and 12 new private stores created.
- $70 million more over three years for fixing highways.
- An all-party legislative committee will be asked to look at ways to increase the rate of organ donations.
- The upcoming budget will mark the beginning of a government-wide exercise of transformational change to improve service and save money.
- A new tax incentive for businesses who come up with patents for new products that create jobs and investment.
- Allowing seniors with household incomes under $70,000 to defer the education part of their property taxes.
- Expanding a robotics telemedicine pilot program that lets doctors connect with a patient remotely in the north.
- Extending leave to 28 weeks from eight for people caring for family members near the end of their lives.
620 CKRM lead reporter Meaghan Willis covered the opening of the legislature and will report from the session.