Saskatchewan - News Releases
CTF recommends tax cuts, spending restraint and accountability reforms
February 27, 2006Pre-budget submission
SASKATOON: In its 2006 pre-budget submission to the Saskatchewan government, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) calls for spending restraint, tax relief for businesses and individuals and accountability reforms.
Stop SaskTel creep
January 24, 2006REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on SaskTel to abandon plans to spend $310 million to bolster cellular, internet and television services.
On January 25 Sasktel announced plans to spend $310 million on its "Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) which will provide increased bandwidth to customers." A significant portion of the money will be directed at upgrading SaskTel's Max television service to provide live pay-per-view programming.
CTF welcomes business tax review committee recommendations
November 23, 2005REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is urging the government to fully implement the recommendations made by the Saskatchewan Business Tax Review Committee which was presented to the government this morning.
The committee's recommendations included:
- Eliminating the Corporate Capital Tax by 2008
- Reforming the capital tax on large resource companies
- Reducing the 17 per cent Corporate Income Tax rate to 12 per cent by 2008
- Increasing the small business threshold to $500,000 by 2008
Corporate welfare too much for Saskatchewan taxpayers
November 02, 2005REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is repeating its call for an end to corporate welfare in Saskatchewan after the province announced they are giving millions of dollars to the film and meat industries.
Under the recently-announced subsidy regime taxpayers will be paying up to 55 per cent of the costs of films produced in Saskatchewan - an increase of 10 per cent. In 2004 the Saskatchewan government gave $4.2 million to film producers. Budget 2005 forecasts the total subsidy to more than double to $9 million - and that's under the pre-existing rate.
Absenteeism costs continue to soar
October 12, 2005CTF calls for review of human resources practices and collective agreements
REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Saskatchewan government to conduct a review of human resources practices after surveying the amount of sick days taken by government and crown corporation employees.
Saskatchewan politicians racking up frequent flyer points - on the taxpayer dime
September 13, 2005REGINA: Saskatchewan politicians took more than 2,038 flights on government aircraft between April 2002 and March 2005, averaging nearly 58 flights per Cabinet Minister, according to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) through Freedom of Information.
Buckley Belanger is most frequent flyer, Sonntag flies solo
CTF: Control spending, cut taxesProvincial Auditor reveals 26 per cent spending increase since 2001
September 07, 2005REGINA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for tax relief and spending reductions in light of a new report from the provincial auditor.
The report, entitled "Understanding the Finances of Government," shows the province recorded an $844 million surplus for the 2004-05 fiscal year - resulting in an $800 million decrease in provincial debt.
New deal for municipalities a bad deal for taxpayers and motorists
August 21, 2005"I conclude that there is room for the federal government to do more in investing the fuel taxes collected in Saskatchewan into the roadways of Saskatchewan. The taxes you collect, you spend on the roads; the taxes we collect, we spend on the roads, and now I think it's time for Ottawa to do the same." -- Premier Calvert speaking to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, March, 2003.
Don't like 99.9 cent gasoline BLAME THE GOVERNMENT
August 09, 2005REGINA: In light of gas prices reaching the 99.9 cent per litre mark in the Regina area, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is reminding taxpayers that 38 per cent of the price of gasoline is comprised of taxes from provincial and federal governments.