Since the announcement that the provincial budget will be released on April 10th, 2018, there has been a lot of speculation on how it will affect residents. 

"Last year's budget proposal was for $685 million deficit and a very tight budget," explains Cannington MLA Dan D'Autremont. "A that time, the plan was to go to about a $305 million deficit this year. This is going to be another tough budget."

"It's not going to be better than last year because while oil prices were up for the latter part of the year, they were up for a very small portion of the year so there's really not a lot of new revenue other than the tax increases last year which were already built into the budget. There's not a lot of new changes based on last year's budget."

The impacts in the southeast are yet to be seen, other than the immediate increase to educational funding that was recently announced. 

"There were capital construction taking place, highways around the province so hopefully we can continue to have some of those funds."

"These are all unknowns at the present time and we'll all have to until the budget comes out."

He notes that the focus is to get back to balance. 

"And if there's no new revenues, then that comes from reductions. It's just like operating your farm or your business or your home, if there's no new revenue coming in, you can't spend it without going into debt. And we've seen the by-products of going into debt which are higher interest rates which are nonproductive."

"I think the new premier is looking at everything and has made some announcements but he's also said that it's going to be a tight budget. We're trying to build for the future of Saskatchewan to ensure that prosperity continues and you don't do that from debt."

READ MORE: Premier Scott Moe Speaks at SUMA Convention, Announces Budget Date

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