On Track: Your local Saskatchewan Party MLAs present the 2018-19 Saskatchewan Budget. Brought to you by MLAs Delbert Kirsch, Joe Hargave, Scott Moe, and Nadine Wilson
One year ago, we charted a three-year course to reduce our dependency on resource revenue and balance the budget by 2019. The 2018-19 Provincial Budget keeps that plan on track by controlling spending, making important investments in health care, education and social services, and by keeping our economy strong through investments in infrastructure and new business incentives.
A record $5.77 billion will improve health care for all Saskatchewan people, up nearly 2.5 per cent from last year. $19 million in administration costs are being saved by the amalgamation of the 12 health authorities—savings that are now being reinvested in front-line services.
The government will provide an additional $700,000 this year to ensure universal 100 per cent coverage of HIV drugs, and to provide other HIV supports.
More than $520,000 is being invested in a new program to ensure that babies born in Saskatchewan hospitals are screened for hearing loss.
$2.8 million will provide individualized funding for children under 6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This budget also fulfills our commitment to increase education funding by $30 million, allowing Saskatchewan school divisions to hire up to 400 teachers and other in-school professionals.
This budget also provides nearly $77 million in child care funding to support more than 16,000 existing licensed child care spaces and help create 2,500 more by 2020.
More than $10 million will support community-based organizations and caregivers such as such as foster parents who provide directly daily care to those most in need.
The budget makes many other important investments in post-secondary education, in highways and infrastructure, in support for municipalities, in innovation and technology, in the agriculture and resource sectors, in trade and export development, and for First Nations and Métis people.
We are able to make all of these investments with no increases to tax rates. That means all provincial tax rates, including provincial sales tax, income tax and property tax remain the same. And, despite the ongoing threats from the federal government, this budget contains no carbon tax.
This year’s budget sets the stage for a new decade of growth by keeping Saskatchewan’s finances and our economy on track, and it supports our vision of a Saskatchewan that is the best place in Canada to live, work, start a business, to get an education and raise a family, and to build a life.
You can learn more about the 2018-19 Provincial Budget at www.saskatchewan.ca/budget.
Brought to you by your local Saskatchewan Party MLAs:
Premier Scott Moe, MLA
Rosthern - Shellbrook Constituency
Box 115, Shellbrook, SK, S0J 2E0
Delbert Kirsch, MLA
Box 308, Cudworth, SK, S0K 1B0
115 Main Street, Cudworth
Joe Hargrave, MLA
Prince Albert Carlton Constituency
Bay #4 – 406 South Industrial Dr.
Prince Albert SK, S6V 7L8
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