Interesting...it doesn't seem that there are any huge personal income taxes in here. I think that they are waiting until the election to unveil something big on the tax front.
$12.6 million increase in funding for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
No parking at the Leg! Its a packed house for the 2011-2012 budget!.
$5 million for a new emergency helicopter air ambulance service
Question 3: David, are you surprised by anything included (or not included) in the budget so far?
$10.9 million increase to address patient volumes for cardiac care, diagnostic imaging and chronic kidney disease.
Answer 3: The tax cuts seems to be targetted more to the poor than the rich. It is really a populist move aimed at shoring up the Sask Party's support in some key inner city ridings now held by the NDP.
$24.6 million to limit tutition inceases at post-secondary institutions to an average of 3%
$6 million for continued expansion of nursing and physician training programs.
$34 million for a new Saskatchewan Children and Youth Agenda.
It seems that Children and Youth Agenda is really focused on more child welfare (i.e. foster care) and not on expanding childcare spaces for the middle class or even working poor families.
$216.8 million in Revenue Sharing to meet Government's committment to fully impliment the new municiple revenue sharing agreement equal to one full point of PST.
In response to Question 4: "$5 million for a new emergency helicopter air ambulance service"...this may include Turtleford.
$2.1 million to develop 500 new child care spaces in 2011-12 an increase of 4.1% to a total of 12,700
$4 million to support the development of 5400 new child care spaces
No increases to sin taxes (that we could finid)
Question 6 from a facebook viewer: What is being done to help people with disabilites who are on assisstance?
Saskatchewan tables surplus budget; puts money in pockets with tax cuts
REGINA - Saskatchewan is using soaring oil revenue to pump out a pre-election budget aimed at wooing voters with tax cuts.
The new budget increases by $1,000 what each person can make before having to pay tax and adds a further $500 for each dependant child.
There are also cuts to the education portion of property taxes and the small business tax rate.
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz (KRAH'-vetz) says the government is following through on promises and not priming people for the provincial election in November.
The budget projects almost $10.8 billion in revenue this year and nearly $10.7 billion in spending, leaving a surplus of $115 million.
The government also plans to take $325 million from its savings account to pay down General Revenue Fund debt, bringing the debt to $3.81 billion - the lowest level since 1987-88.
(The Canadian Press)
There will not be any increases in any taxes going into an election.
$15.8 million for intellectually diasbled addressing wait lists and adding new individuals.
$1.7 million for two new housing initiatives to create more affordable housing.
$320.8 million to fully fund farm income stabilization costs.
Overall, there is no one big spending initiative. There is a bunch of small spending increases to make as many people as possible happy but nothing big that I can find.
Question 7: Dave, have there been any surprises so far, or notable omissions?
Answer 5: In terms of beer, the government is increasing the beer discount it provides to off-sale retailers. Whether these off-sales will pass the saving on to consumers resulting in lower beer prices or will just pocket the saving remains to be seen.
Brad Wall cuts your beer price...who wouldn't vote for that :)
More on the question about funding for disabled people: $2.3 million for the continued development of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) - SAID clients in residental care setting will see a $50/month increase starting January 2012
SUMA reaction: “SUMA is pleased to see the full commitment of one point of PST for the Municipal Operating Grant has finally been met” said President Allan Earle. “We anticipated this increase for some time; this funding helps urban governments deliver recycling services, clean water, recreation programs, police and fire protection.”
More SUMA: SUMA is pleased to see that the government is standing by its pledge to shift education funding from ratepayers to the provincial government. While SUMA feels strongly that education should be funded solely by the province, this is a step in the right direction.