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Feds and Sask. government to fund $64M for highway repairs – Globalnews.ca

Feds and Sask. government to fund $64M for highway repairs - Globalnews.ca Government GULL LAKE SouthWest Saskatchewan  Roads and Highways Government of Saskatchewan
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Feds and Sask. government to fund $64M for highway repairs - Globalnews.ca Government GULL LAKE SouthWest Saskatchewan  Roads and Highways Government of Saskatchewan
Feds and Sask. government to fund $64M for highway repairs
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They include resurfacing 31 kilometres of the TransCanada highway near Gull Lake as well as resurfacing sections of Highway 2 south of Moose Jaw, nine segments of Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon, segments of Highway 16 in the Yorkton …and more »

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Province Caps Grants-In-Lieu Reduction | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

The provincial government today announced that it will cap the grants-in-lieu reduction to municipalities at no more than 30 per cent of the amount the municipality receives in revenue sharing.

“As the province moves away from its dependence on resource revenues and addresses a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall, we made the decision to cancel the grants-in-lieu paid to municipalities by SaskPower and SaskEnergy,” Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “For the vast majority of municipalities, this was equivalent to reducing their revenue sharing by about 15 per cent or less.

“However, for a few, the reduction was more than 30 per cent.  After discussions with SUMA, we felt that it was too much of a burden to put on those municipalities, so we are capping the reduction to ensure that no municipality will see a reduction of more than 30 per cent of their revenue sharing amount.”

The 30 per cent cap will result in nine municipalities retaining a portion of their grants-in-lieu payments from SaskPower and SaskEnergy.  They are Estevan, Humboldt, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Weyburn and Yorkton.

While these payments by SaskPower and SaskEnergy are referred to as grants-in-lieu of taxes, they are actually based on a flat percentage of utility sales within a municipality and are unrelated to the value of property.

The $29 million in grants-in-lieu based on estimated property taxes on provincially-owned assets are still being paid to municipalities by other Crowns and government ministries.  SaskPower also collects a municipal surcharge on power bills, which results in another $74 million for municipalities.  Municipalities will also receive $257 million in municipal revenue sharing this year, more than double the amount they received in revenue sharing a decade ago.

Harpauer said the grants-in-lieu reduction is a one-year measure as part of the government’s three year plan to return to balance and that the government will be meeting with SUMA and SARM to discuss a complete revamping of the various streams of funding municipalities receive from the province.

The 30 per cent cap will cost about $3 million, which means the SaskPower and SaskEnergy grants-in-lieu reduction with the cap applied will reduce municipal funding by about $32 million.

“Even after this $32 million reduction, municipalities are still receiving more than $360 million in grants-in-lieu, municipal surcharge and revenue sharing,” Harpauer said.

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For more information, contact:

Michael Harrison
Government Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6156
Email: michael.harrison@gov.sk.ca

Source: Province Caps Grants-In-Lieu Reduction | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Legislation Introduced to Create Provincial Health Authority | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

New legislation introduced today will improve frontline patient care by removing arbitrary health region boundaries and create a single Provincial Health Authority.

“One Provincial Health Authority that is focused on better coordination of health services across the province will help to ensure patients receive high-quality, timely health care, regardless of where they live in Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.

The Provincial Health Authority Act will enable the transition of the existing 12 Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to a single Provincial Health Authority, and will:
remove arbitrary geographical areas of responsibility (RHA boundaries);
provide oversight of compensation levels to the contracts of the CEO and those that report to the CEO;
allow for the creation and continuation of Community Advisory Networks to ensure community needs and interests are identified and advanced;
ensure donations raised by local foundations continue to be used for the local health services or facilities they were raised for;
establish the specific roles and responsibilities of the Minister and Provincial Health Authority; and
repeal The Regional Health Services Act.
The legislation does not outline the structure or composition of the Provincial Health Authority and integrated service areas, or the composition of the board. This will be considered as part of ongoing transition planning.

“Having a strong connection to rural Saskatchewan, I know how important health care is to communities across this province,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “Our government is committed to ensuring that the local voice continues to be heard within the new health system structure.”

The full implementation of recommendations made by the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure will be phased over time. Many transformational initiatives recommended by the Advisory Panel will take more time to fully implement, including the re-design of clinical services like laboratory and diagnostic imaging, acute care services, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Following passage of the new Act and the establishment of bylaws and regulations, the new Provincial Health Authority will come into force upon proclamation, which is still anticipated in fall 2017.

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For more information, contact:

Shirley Xie
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083
Email: shirley.xie@health.gov.sk.ca

Source: Legislation Introduced to Create Provincial Health Authority | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

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