MLA Report (15 May 2009)
End of Session Summary
Last week marked the end of the 2009 legislative spring session. Inevitably, at the end of session, pundits contemplate on who “won” the session – opposition or government. In this session, I believe the people of Saskatchewan won. In this year’s budget, we delivered the biggest education property tax cut in the province’s history. This was on top of the largest income tax cut in Saskatchewan history last fall. Along with other tax changes, we are delivering a tax savings of $700 million for Saskatchewan people this year.
Part of our responsibility as a government and as a society is to look after those among us who need extra help. Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer announced a large increase to the food allowance for those people who have intellectual disabilities and live in group homes. In addition to dealing with their own unique limitations, many of these people have special dietary requirements that made living on the $4.85/day allowance extremely difficult. Our government has increased that to $9.00/day. Incredibly, the NDP Social Services critic stated “I can understand that those who work in the group homes are excited about this announcement, but I must say that myself, as critic for Social Services, I’m not happy nor delighted about this announcement”. I, however, am extremely happy and delighted for my constituents living in group homes in Menno Homes in Waldheim, Shepherd’s Villa in Hepburn, Sunshine Housing in Hague & Osler, and other group homes elsewhere who will see a substantial increase in their quality of life.
Your government also recently announced an agreement with the RM of Laird that will re-route heavy truck traffic away from several thin-membrane surface highway access roads in this area. The Hepburn, Waldheim and Laird access roads will be restricted to light traffic only, which will reduce the extreme stress put upon them from the weight of large trucks. This should translate into a better and smoother ride for the individuals in these communities in years to come.
Another announcement this spring was for $75,000 to be put into upgrades for the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway south of Martensville. We were pleased recently to welcome NASCAR to Saskatchewan this coming July. Upgrades were needed to this facility in order for this to occur. Predictably, the NDP opposed this investment. However, I am very pleased to be a part of a government that recognizes the world-class potential that exists in our province and right here in this constituency.
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