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Premier Brad Wall and NDP leader Cam Broten at Budget Day 2015.

Budget day has come and gone at the Saskatchewan Legislature. This year, the Saskatchewan Party is looking to put more shovels in the ground.

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The Saskatchewan Legislature, shown from the outside, with its famous dome under construction.

The 2015-16 Saskatchewan budget includes cuts to many much-needed programs, like the Graduate Retention program, the Active Families Benefit, and the Seniors’ Drug Plan. One of the programs that saw the biggest cuts was something else entirely: the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement.

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Mark Docherty, minister of parks, culture, and sport, said the Saskatchewan government wants to support all of the creative industries, and did so with a stable budget.

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz brown leather shoes may have been untraditional but he certainly kept up the tradition of not addressing culture, arts, and heritage during the official budget address. In a thick stack of pre-packaged press releases, mention of the arts is held until the very last page.

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Marilyn Braun-Pollon of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business explains why the Small Business Loans Association program has come to a close. Photo by Taylor Rattray.

For more than 25 years, the Government of Saskatchewan’s Small Business Loans Association (SBLA) Program has helped entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses. This will no longer be the case.

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