The Saskatchewan government should deal with its tight money situation by restoring fair tax rates on profitable corporations, not by cutting funding to important public programs, CUPE says.
Four years after announcing tax breaks for corporations $640 million annually for the resource sector the province suddenly finds itself needing to cut spending.
The government does not have a spending problem, it has a revenue problem caused by years of tax breaks, says CUPE Saskatchewan president Tom Graham.
But the provincial government is preparing to make deep budget cuts to health, education and every other government service to deal with its funding shortfall.
Graham says unions, the Saskatchewan Alternative Budget Coalition and anti-poverty groups are calling on the government to maintain public services, and cut the tax cuts to profitable corporations.