Saskatchewan Chamber looking for positives in provincial budget

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The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce would like to see three significant issues addressed when the provincial government releases its 2014 budget on March 19, issues that will impact Saskatchewan’s economy for the greater good.

“We are looking for the provincial government to maintain a balanced budget in the year ahead,” said Saskatchewan Chamber CEO Steve McLellan. “While there are certainly investments that need to be made by the government in order to ensure that our province’s economic growth continues, the spending still needs to be done within the context of a balanced budget.”

As well, McLellan said the Chamber would like to see the province address the structural issues that are inherent to the property tax system, should the province choose to make any changes to the existing education portion of property tax rates.

The third item the Chamber is concerned about is the implementation of the government’s promised corporate tax reduction, something for which the Chamber has advocated for in recent years.

“The stimulus which would result from implementing the planned corporate tax rate reduction would go a long way toward maintaining the momentum of Saskatchewan’s economy,” McLellan said. “The cash flow which would become available would make a big difference to our province’s businesses. This change has been promised for some time now, and the inactivity on this issue is starting to have unintended consequences for the business community.”

Organizations: Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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  • hensel
    March 30, 2014 - 13:26

    McLellan must know Saskatchewan has posted serial deficits. In fact, only one surplus since Wall and the Sask Party took over. The first budget he passed, inherited from the NDP. If Wall posts this $70 million summary surplus, it will be only his second. As per the provincial auditor, well former, Wall chased her away to Ontario. McLellan surely knows that. Perhaps he's towing the party line. As a thanks to Wall, for keeping a line on minimum wage? As a thanks to Harper and the Conservatives for up until this year, allowing business to pay foreign workers LESS than local workers!? How is that fair? The new immigrants paid the same rent as local workers. And by Brad Wall asking for ever more foreign workers, he kept down labor costs of both local and foreign workers, as if local workers asked for a raise, or refused to work 3 am for minimum wage, well thanks to Brad Wall, a gas station or fast food joint could just ship in a foreign worker, rather than pay a competitive, say crazy generous $13 an hour to some local worker. Sure would be horrible for some local kid (or even the immigrant guy from last year) to get "rich" making $13 an hour... no worries, Wall will get some one else to replace these greedy gus's and back to $10 an hour unskilled labor! Seems Brad Wall is bad for the little guy, bad for the new grad, bad for the summer student, and even bad for the new immigrant, as he's waiting to replace you all the minute you ask for something beyond minimum wage. Not sure it's Brad Wall's fault? Well, he's the ONE begging Harper for 2,000 new immigrants, each year, to work entry level labor and service jobs!