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February 10, 2014

Saskatchewan NDP criticizes proposed increase of school taxes to pay for infrastructure projects

The Opposition says the Saskatchewan government shouldn't take money out of education to pay for bridges or overpasses.

NDP Leader Cam Broten said the education property tax was meant to fix crumbling, overcrowded schools and ensure resources are in place for students.

Premier Brad Wall said last week that it’s possible money for infrastructure projects could come from higher school taxes.

Wall said there are big infrastructure needs in the cities – for example, a highway bypass in Regina – and one out of three towns has water or sewer issues.

The premier said the budget is being finalized for March and must be balanced, but also that raising taxes is a last resort.

Broten said the government has more resources and revenue available than any other Saskatchewan government in history and it shouldn’t take money dedicated to schools.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

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