The provincial budget dominated discussion in the Saskatchewan legislature Monday.
NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon raised concerns about the shut-down of the STC bus service and the impact on residents needing medical treatment and parcels.
Premier Brad Wall says the subsidy was reaching over 90 dollars per passenger and alternate services will be found. He says a tough decision had to be made to balance the budget.
Premier Wall says the province was looking at an investment of 85 to 100 million dollars over five years to maintain the STC service. He says the province has to focus on core activities like health care, education, social services and infrastructure.
The NDP also criticized the expanded PST on children’s clothing and restaurant meals as well as cuts to library services. But Wall says Saskatchewan is the only province to outline a plan to reach a balanced budget in three years.
The NDP was also on the attack in the legislature over cuts to municipalities of grants in lieu of taxes at SaskPower and SaskEnergy. Opposition critic Nicole Rancourt says the SaskParty government is transferring a 36 million dollars tax burden to communities.
Government relations minister Donna Harpauer says difficult decisions had to be made.
She says the Saskparty government has transferred almost two billion dollars in revenue sharing to municipalities since coming to power.
On top of record revenue sharing, she says the province has made significant infrastructure investments in communities.