What’s old is new again.
And Ryan Meili isn’t a fan of it.
The leader of the Official Opposition spoke following the presentation of the 2018-2019 Provincial Budget about a variety of issues pertaining to it, including the PST tax applied to used light vehicles exceeding a sale price of $5000.
This previously was an item included in past budgets.
He said taxes like this are burdensome on the everyday life of Saskatchewan residents.
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“We saw them last year come up with PST on restaurant meals, on construction, on kids clothes, now you add used cars,” he said. “All of these are just more things that slow down economic activity, make it harder for local, small businesses to succeed, make life less affordable for regular folks.”
As stated, the PST exemption applies to used light vehicles costing under $5000. If the vehicle costs over five grand, the purchaser would pay PST on the amount exceeded.
Meili was also critical of the lack of increased funding to mental health, saying $11 million doesn’t fully address the full scope of prevalent mental health issues in Saskatchewan.
On the whole, the budget, in his words, is disappointing.
“We got a new Premier, we got a new leader of the opposition, there’s been a lot of change, but this budget is pretty much more of the same,” Meili said. “It’s not doing anything to tackle the serious troubles we’re having with jobs.”