2014-15 Saskatchewan budget: By The Numbers

The StarPhoenix, March 19, 2014 - A look at some key numbers from Saskatchewan's 2014-15 provincial budget ...

$14 billion – Amount of money the Saskatchewan government expects to spend during the 2014-2015 budget year. This is down .2 percent from last year

0 – There are no tax increases in this budget. There is also no money going into the proposed Saskatchewan Futures Fund.

$71 million – Projected budget surplus with all government business enterprises taken into consideration.

6, 7, 16 and 39 – The highways slated for twinning projects in the next budget year. This includes 19.5 kilometres of twinned highway to be completed between Saskatoon and Clavet.

500 – New licensed child care spaces funded.

$1.5 million – A “hot spotting” pilot project in Saskatoon and Regina will identify high-cost, high-use patients in effort to reduce the strain on the health care system.

29 – New modular classrooms funded across the province.

$3.3M – Dedicated to designing nine joint-use schools in Regina, Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville. The government pledged to finish the schools by 2017.

$2.5M – Funding this year for the $100M replacement of the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford. The project has been delayed after a SaskParty election promise it would be complete by 2015.

$82M – Amount committed to the graduate retention program, which gives students up to $20,000 in tuition reimbursement for staying in the province. That’s up $18.1M over last year.

3.4 – Percentage increase to regional health authorities’ budget

$5B – Total health budget

0 – Targeted emergency room wait time by 2017

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