Saskatchewan - Commentaries
SK: Sell-Outs a Sign
July 07, 2010
If Mosaic Stadium is such a 'bad' place to catch a football game then why on earth are the Riders shattering attendance records? Perhaps the ol’ facility isn’t as dire a place to catch a game as the pro dome crowd likes to suggest.
Sask MLAs Trump MPs on Transparency
June 02, 2010
Recently, most of our federal politicians have been kicking and screaming like little children at the prospect of letting the Auditor General investigate Parliament’s $533 million in annual spending. Thankfully, provincial politicians in Saskatchewan had the opposite reaction when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) called for improved transparency for their expenses.
SK: Good News For Sask Motorists
May 25, 2010
Saskatchewan motorists will be pleased to know that all of the tax dollars collected at gas pumps across the province this year will be put back into road construction and repair. However, the fight against tax gouging at the pumps and the push for gas tax accountability continues.
SK: Budget Good, But Not Great
March 30, 2010
The provincial budget recently tabled by the Wall Government is one of the best in Canada. Despite Saskatchewan's edge over most other provincial budgets, there still is plenty of room for improvement.
SK: Dome Democracy Please
March 03, 2010
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One week the Wall government is calling for cuts to health care and education spending in order to balance the budget, and the next it is pondering a new dome for the Roughriders. Confused? Apparently so are they. For guidance on how to proceed with the dome issue, the government should turn to taxpayers by holding a referendum.
SK: Unshackling bureaucratic potential
January 28, 2010
The Wall government recently disclosed that they have asked every department to cut their budgets by 10 per cent in order to balance the budget this year. That’s a good start to reaching an important target, but implementing something called “managed competition” could help them achieve the same goal.
SK: Reserve Band Council Pay Reform Needed
January 15, 2010
Imagine if you asked Brad Wall how much he was paid last year to be Premier and he responded by telling you it’s none of your business. Unfortunately that’s the type of response that many reserve residents face in Canada when they question their band council's pay. It’s time for the Department of Indian Affairs to do something about the situation.
Property Tax Increase? Think Again
December 18, 2009
Is your municipality thinking about a property tax increase this year? Chances are they don’t have to. A new report by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation outlines ten initiatives that municipalities should pursue before taking more money from your pocket.
SK: Property Tax Controversy
December 03, 2009
The Saskatchewan government is contemplating a delay in fulfilling two changes promised in last year's budget, both of which will impact property taxes. One, the promise to shift education funding away from property taxes and onto provincial coffers, the second, to increase municipal revenue sharing. The former should be implemented immediately; the latter should be put on hold.
A Tale of Two Domed Cities
November 21, 2009
Just because Fargo built a dome, should Regina build one too? Supporters of a domed stadium and authors of the province’s stadium concept review say “yes”. However, taxpayers should think twice about the expensive proposition.