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.
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:
- Please sign our Action Alert: Don’t hike taxes to balance the 2017 Saskatchewan Budget. Once signed, please return it by fax to (306) 359-7623 or scan and email it to [email protected].
- 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.
- Contact your MLA today and tell them to oppose tax hikes in the 2017 Budget. Not sure who your MLA is? Find out here.