Provincial Finance Minister, Kevin Doherty says their budget plans are where they want to be after the first quarter of the fiscal year.
The 1.3-billion dollar deficit is forecast to be reduced to 684.7-million.
Revenue is projected to increase 42-million from budget, while total expense is forecast to increase 82-million.
One point of interest however was the amount used in the 300-million dollar contingency fund.
Forty-million is being used to offset expense pressures and 125-million is being used to offset compensation savings.
Doherty said the decision to go back on some funding cuts has nothing to do with the amount of contingency used.
“I keep hearing all these stories about how we walked-back all the decisions, we walked back 10-million dollars of decisions on a 14-billion dollar budget, I think we need to keep that point in context,” Doherty told reporters on Friday.
In a news release Doherty said, “the reason we built a contingency fund into the budget was to help address in-year pressures, we still have work to do to control governments overall costs, including savings we are working hard to achieve in total compensation expense.”
Interim NDP Leader, Nicole Sarauer responded, saying it’s clear things are not on track despite what the SaskParty says.
“Yeah it’s pretty ridiculous for the minister to say that they’re on track. They’ve used up half of their contingency fund in the first quarter alone, i don’t think you have to be an accountant to realize that’s not really on track,” Sarauer said.
Doherty said it’s hard to tell how a contingency fund will be spent because it’s intended for unforeseen circumstances.
The first quarter of the fiscal year officially ended in June.