Pick Of The Day: Saskatchewan Budget

I should canvas Murray Mandryk or Steffani Langenegger on this, but I’d be interested in knowing how many times the Sask. Party has employed the Friday afternoon news dump dodge when they want to disclose something that reflects negatively on them.

They did it again on Feb. 15 (the day after Valentine’s Day, and heading into a long weekend) when they released a third quarter budget update. Because of overly optimistic revenue projections for oil and potash, the government, in the words of the NDP opposition, had “raided the Crowns, drained the rainy day fund and made cuts to programs in order to manipulate its books”.

Today at 2 p.m. Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz will rise in the Legislature to deliver the 2013-14 provincial budget.  Will this be the year when health spending breaks the $5 billion barrier, I wonder? What will be the increase for cash-strapped universities? They’ve been advised to prepare budgets for two and zero per cent scenarios. Will the province revise the revenue sharing formula that currently sees rural areas, with 46 per cent of the population, receive 60 per cent of the funding? (actually, the government answered that one a little early with sort of a 50-50 compromise with more money per capita for cities but still some extra allocated to RMs for transportation infrastructure and whatnot).  How much coin will the government provide to Creative Saskatchewan, the agency that it’s proposing to establish to provide marketing and production support to the creative industries?

All these and many other scintillating questions will be answered by Krawetz in his budget address. Once the embargo lifts at 2:15 p.m. we’ll provide some coverage of what the government’s plans are.

To play us out here’s video of AC/DC performing “Money Talks”:

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

5 thoughts on “Pick Of The Day: Saskatchewan Budget”

  1. My husband already knows that his workplace will receive no more funding and closes in April. And, he knows of another place that will also be cut and closed because of budget cuts. I find it interesting that Krawetz still bought new shoes. If you wanted to be frugal, shouldn’t you repurpose old ones?

  2. This thing with the shoes has got to end. Just one big corny P.R. stunt for the party, and cheap, easy copy for the media. It pretty much makes me want to barf.

  3. Isn’t the shoe thing standard for all or most provincial governments, not just the current party in Sask?

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