Not everyone was enamoured with the 2018-2019 budget.
Larry Hubich, being one of them.
Hubich, the President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, said he would’ve like to seen a few things come out of the provincial budget. The first is a plan to increase minimum wage to $15/hour.
As he sees it, there’s really no downside to it.
“When you raise the floor and when the rising tide lifts all boats, then the money that’s invested in the bottom of the economy recirculates in the province and communities in which it’s earned,” he said.
That wasn’t the only thing Hubich felt was omitted from the budget.
Another item he wished was addressed was the announcement of a shift to a more fair taxing system, which sees corporations pay “their fair share”. He points to a project in the capital area as a perfect example of previous budgets give companies the opportunity to move away from corporate responsibility.
“We’re building a $2 billion road here around the city of Regina,” he said. “And, granted, there were some bottlenecks that were problematic and where we needed to make sure the health and safety of citizens in those communities was protected.”
“But we could have done that with adequate overpasses and adequate exchanges.”