The Government of Saskatchewan and Finance Minister Kevin Doherty tabled the 2016/17 budget in the Saskatchewan Legislature on Wednesday.
The government is raising prescription drug costs for children and seniors, cutting cash for urban parks and slashing an active-families tax credit.
The measures have been unveiled in a budget that forecasts a $434-million deficit for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
The document tabled by Finance Minister Kevin Doherty shows the province is spending $14.5 billion, while bringing in $14 billion.
Revenue from non-renewable resources such as oil, natural gas and potash has plunged nearly $1 billion.
Doherty says he doesn’t want to shock the economy by making extensive cuts, especially to health care, education and social services.
He says he thinks the deficit is manageable and that Saskatchewan will get back to a balanced budget next year.
The provincial NDP is unimpressed with the budget saying the government should have had funds set aside from previous years to mitigate potential deficits like this one. They feel money has been wasted under the Sask Party watch.