Saskatchewan - In The News
The province's first quarter fiscal update shows potash revenues are one-third of what was expected. This was partly offset by oil revenues. To make up the shortfall, the province delayed some spending, let a few civil service positions sit vacant, and took some money from Crown Investments Corporation plus $400 million from the Growth and Financial Security (Rainy Day) Fund.
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and PEI are the only provinces left that have not harmonized their sales taxes with the GST. Should Saskatchewan do the same? Lee Harding of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it has benefits, but serious drawbacks that must be dealt with.
Lee Harding of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation asks why taxpayers spend $60 million to expand Evraz Place and then be asked to spend $350 million for another venue that would do the same thing? Mayor Pat Fiacco says the new study asks the question, "What if?"
Lee Harding, Saskatchewan Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and some other Regina citizens are critical of the report recommending a domed stadium for the Canadian city of 200,000 that is home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a Canadian Football League (CFL) team. Stage two is a $1 million feasibility study by PCL and Global Spectrum with a strong preference for a dome.