BUDGET IMPACT

Who pays: Cuts, waste and mismanagement

While families like yours pay the price for government megaprojects, costly consultants and shady land deals, corporations and the wealthy will be paying less. The list of government budget cuts and spending waste is long, but we’ve put together a concise list for you!

Budget Cuts

School kids

$54 million cut from schools – and new funding hasn’t restored what was lost, even as enrolment climbs.

Post-secondary students

Over $33 million cut in 2017, and budget 2018 does nothing to reverse those cuts. Result: fewer scholarships, no tuition tax credit, less student aid, and two years of steep tuition hikes.

People struggling with housing

The 2018 budget marks the end of the rental supplement that helps low-income and disabled people find decent homes.

People outside cities

STC eliminated, particularly hurting seniors, farmers, rural and Indigenous people, and anyone else who needs the bus.

Workers providing public services

Hundreds of workers fired. Collateral damage: everyone who relies on public services. More job cuts to come, the fall-out from provincial cuts to schools, health care, and cities.

Seniors

Fees hiked for about half the province’s long-term care residents.

Anyone who lives in a city

$32 million cut from cities. Effect: tax hikes, and cuts in services, like buses, parks and rinks.

Families & communities

$70 million compensation claw back from public-sector workers.

People living with disabilities

People living with disabilities will receive  $750,000 cut to transit funding.

People with hearing impairments

Hearing Aid Plan eliminated.

Kids with special needs

Day cares lose funding for staff who care for children with special needs. Education funding cuts mean loss of supports, like educational assistants and speech therapists in schools.
Money Wasted

GTH land scam

Millions in taxpayers money wasted paying three times the appraised value for land near the Global Transportation Hub (GTH). Millions ended up in the pockets of land speculators, including Sask. Party donors.

Over-priced consultants

Hundreds of millions handed to costly consultants. Spending on consultants rose by 228% between 2009 and 2014. The Ministry of Highways spent 400% more on outside consultants.

Lean

$35 million handed to a U.S. consultant to improve efficiency in health care. After the problem-ridden program was cancelled early, a study found that the province spent $1,511 for every dollar saved by Lean.

Regina bypass

Nearly $2 billion handed to a French multinational corporation to build a bypass around Regina. An Alberta company will be paid an undisclosed amount to plow and sand the 60 kms of highway for 30 years.

Liquor privatization

Tens of millions will be lost each year according to independent financial analysis – the fall-out from privatizing liquor stores.

More MLAs

Three new MLAs added to Legislature at a cost of $700,000 a year.

Premier’s political staff

Taxpayers picked up the tab for a whopping increase in salaries and benefits for advisors, strategists and others who work in Executive Council – a 74% increase since 2009.

Smart meters

After spending $37 million on smart meters, SaskPower was forced to remove and replace all 105,000 of the potentially-defective meters, at a cost of as much as $15 million more.

Carbon capture

SaskPower was forced to pay almost $20 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy, when the new $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage plant failed to capture enough carbon to sell to the energy company.