Kevin Doherty’s first ever budget sees a deficit of 434 million dollars.
Reaction to that budget has come in from several sectors
SASKATCHEWAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: President Dr. Intheran Pillay is pleased to see the on-going committment to improving health-care services and says physicians recognize the need for change and are eager to participate in the redesign of the healthcare system.
SASKATCHEWAN URBAN MUNICIPALITIES ASSOCIATION: President Debra Button says they are appreciative of the recognition of municipalities in the budget, and are glad to see the revenue sharing stay where it is meaning cities, towns and villages can make the most of their property taxes by putting the money into the services and infrastructure communities need and residents expect.
SASKATCHEWAN TEACHERS FEDERATION: While there was a modest increase in funding, president Patrick Maze believes education funding in Saskatchewan is not keeping pace with growth and the diverse needs of students. He feels the half percent increase will still result in school divisions making decisions that will negatively affect both teachers and students.
SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYEES UNION: President Bob Bymoen says the transformational change announced in the budget could potentially have an impact on workers on the frontlines of health care and that the change doesn’t alter day-to-day operations. He adds the budget underscores the need to maintain public service positions in order to provide the services Saskatchewan people rely on.
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS: Saskatchewan spokesperson Marilyn Braun-Pollon is pleased there are no tax hikes and that are plans to control spending and have a balanced budget by 2017. Braun-Pollon says it would have been tempting for the government to take the easy way out and hike taxes to make up its $968 million drop in resource revenue.
FEDERATION OF SOVEREIGN INDIGENOUS NATIONS: Chief Bobby Cameron feels considering the economic state of the province, the government came up with the best they could. He is glad to see the budget have initiatives for education and skills training for First Nations and Metis people.