The Saskatchewan government has promised to have a balanced budget by 2020. We will find out Tuesday afternoon if they are on track to keep that promise as Finance Minister Donna Harpauer brings down the first budget for Saskatchewan under new Premier Scott Moe.
The Saskatchewan government’s third-quarter report, delivered last month, projected the 2017-2018 deficit will be $595 million — down $101 million from the red ink outlined in the last budget.
Harpauer said at the time that her goal would still be to balance the budget by the 2019-2020 fiscal year, but that diligence will be needed.
While it is not known what Harpauer will tell us, it is thought we will see a restraint in government spending, and that there could be job cuts and increases to the PST as the government looks to deliver on that promise.
What is known is Harpauer will deliver the budget with a heavy heart. Harpauer is the MLA for Humboldt and was not in the assembly on Monday as question period was cancelled with many including the Premier and NDP leader Ryan Meili delivering a message of condolence to those affected in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash which killed 15 people. Moe has said he suggested cancelling delivery of the budget for a couple of days, but Harpauer while thankful turned down the request.
Before she stands up to deliver the budget, Harpauer will make her own statement on the tragedy which struck her riding.
620 CKRM will be in the Legislature when the budget is brought down at 1:30. Be with us for coverage of what is in the budget along with reaction.