The budget assumes crop production in 2019 similar to last year when the third largest crop on record, 35.4 million tonnes, was harvested even in dry conditions. | File photo

No-surprise budget pleases Sask. farm groups

Budget increases agriculture ministry spending by three percent and assumes crop production will be similar to last year

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer says crop failure is one of her biggest concerns in revealing a provincial budget with a slim surplus. The minister released the 2019-20 budget March 20. It contains a $34.4 million surplus on revenues of $15.03 billion and expenses of $14.99 billion. “If we had a province wide or even […] Read more

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Sask. budget focuses on health, education and highways

Saskatchewan’s 2019-20 budget contains a slim $34.4 million surplus on no new taxes or tax increases and no increase to the operating debt. Calling it “The Right Balance,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said the budget focuses on providing services in health, education, social services and highway safety. “It balances much-needed investments with carefully managed spending […] Read more

Finance Minister Donna Harpauer pronounced the province on track to balance the budget a year from now through a plan to reduce dependency on resource revenue and control government spending. | Screencap via www.legassembly.sk.ca

Sask. budget forecasts $365 million deficit

Despite concern about tax hikes and extensive cuts, the Saskatchewan budget released today contained no huge moves one way or the other. There was no PST hike, as some expected, and there were no large cuts similar to those seen last year such as the closure of the Saskatchewan Transportation Co. Instead, Finance Minister Donna […] Read more