Saskatchewan - News Releases
CTF slams Apex investment fund
February 13, 2007REGINA: A new scheme to spend $60 million on an investment fund for businesses is being panned by Canada's largest taxpayer advocacy group, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
"This government never learns," said CTF Saskatchewan director David MacLean. "For some reason, Saskatchewan politicians have never learned that government is terrible at picking winners and losers, but losers are great at picking government. One would think that hundreds of millions in lost tax dollars would be enough to drive the message home, but apparently not."
Government absenteeism well above national average
November 28, 2006Saskatchewan government employee absenteeism
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has obtained documents through Freedom of Information legislation revealing Saskatchewan government employees take 23 per cent more sick days than the national average for all workers.
CTF to government: Pass democratic reform law
November 22, 2006REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on NDP Members of the Legislative Assembly to pass a law proposed by the Saskatchewan Party to fix election dates and allow for the election of Saskatchewan representatives in the Canadian Senate.
In annual surveys CTF supporters consistently support fixed election dates and elected senators.
CTF warns of potential deficit
July 25, 2006REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for spending reductions in light of a razor-thin surplus forecast in the province's first quarter fiscal update.
The update forecasts a $62.5 million surplus which is $39 million less than expected - even though government revenues are up $73 million. Government spending is expected to be $112 million higher than budget, bringing total expenditures to $7.813 billion - the largest in Saskatchewan history.
Fair wages for MLAs and taxpayers
June 20, 2006CTF Report
REGINA: In a submission to the Saskatchewan MLA Indemnity Review Committee, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for more transparent, fair and accountable pay for MLAs.
The CTF recommends the committee adopt four basic principles:
- MLA pay must be transparent, fair and accountable;
- MLAs must not set their own salaries;
Taxpayers Federation: Scrap $445,000 ad campaign
April 10, 2006REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Saskatchewan government to scrap a partisan, taxpayer-funded advertising campaign.
The campaign, which includes radio, television and print advertising is set to cost $444,500 and run until the end of May. The ads are not scheduled to appear outside Saskatchewan.
The ads highlight some of the initiatives in the most recent provincial budget including the tool tax credit for apprentices and business tax relief.
Saskatchewan's big budget
April 05, 2006REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) welcomes the long-overdue business tax reform in Budget 2006, but is raising alarm bells about government spending.
The budget includes sweeping changes to Saskatchewan's business tax structure, including eliminating the corporate capital tax by 2008, reducing the corporate income tax rate from 17 to 12 per cent and increasing the small business tax threshold to $500,000.
All three were recommendations made by the CTF to the Business Tax Review Committee.
CTF Asks CRTC to Deny SaskTel Application
March 23, 2006Letter to CRTC
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has asked the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to deny an application by SaskTel to offer community programming through its Video-On-Demand service.
The CRTC denied SaskTel's original request for a community programming license on the grounds that it lacked true programming independence.
CTF applauds school tax relief announcement
March 02, 2006SASKATOON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding the government's decision to provide $53 million in school tax relief for agricultural producers. The province claims this will permanently reduce school taxes by 38 per cent this year and into the future.
"In providing school tax relief to agricultural producers the government has addressed a long-standing grievance," said CTF Saskatchewan director David MacLean. "This relief is targeted to those who need and deserve it most. That is the right thing to do."