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Issue: The province is projecting a deficit of at least $806 million, due to declining revenues. To address its revenue shortfall, the government has implemented a hiring freeze, committed to holding the line on labour costs across all sectors of the public service, but has also said it may consider raising taxes.

A CFIB survey found 81 per cent of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs believe Saskatchewan’s advantage as a business-friendly jurisdiction still exists; Let’s keep it that way! We fear tax hikes in the 2017 Sask budget will jeopardize Saskatchewan’s reputation.

Small businesses say ‘No’ to tax hikes & ‘Yes’ to significant spending restraint: CFIB’s survey also found 72 per cent of Saskatchewan business owners believe the province’s fiscal challenges should be tackled by implementing significant spending restraint. Only 7 per cent support tax hikes.

 

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What is CFIB doing to fight tax hikes?

  • November 29, 2016 – CFIB met with Sask Finance Minister Doherty and presented our 2017-18 pre-budget priorities. We urged the government to implement significant spending restraint, not tax hikes.
  • December 1, 2016 – Small businesses say ‘No’ to tax hikes & ‘Yes’ to significant spending restraint: 72% of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs support reduced spending; only 7% support tax hikes.
  • December 12, 2016 – Business Coalition opposes potential expansion of Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to construction labour. CFIB joined a coalition of over 20 business groups (e.g. Sask Construction Association, Regina & Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, and Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce) and sent a letter to Premier Wall on Dec 22, 2016 opposing the potential of expanding the PST to construction labour.
  • January 10, 2017 – CFIB met with Sask Economy Minister Harrison to discuss a number of key issues and urged his government to listen to entrepreneurs and avoid increasing taxes to balance its budget.   
  • January 11, 2017 – CFIB met with the Official Opposition to discuss our members’ pre-budget priorities and concerns.
  • January 20, 2017 – CFIB launched an aggressive campaign to oppose tax hikes in the 2017 Sask Budget.

Next Steps: We need your help to stop tax hikes! 

You can help us in three ways:

  1. Please sign our Action Alert: Don’t hike taxes to balance the 2017 Saskatchewan BudgetOnce signed, please return it by fax to (306) 359-7623 or scan and email it to [email protected].
  2. Email the Finance minister today at [email protected] and tell him to continue to implement significant spending restraint and oppose tax hikes in the 2017 Budget.
  3. Contact your MLA today and tell them to oppose tax hikes in the 2017 Budget. Not sure who your MLA is? Find out here.