POLITICS
03/29/2012 03:40 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan budget passes in legislature; minister boasts that it is balance

REGINA - Members of the Saskatchewan legislature have voted to pass the 2012-13 budget.

The budget unveiled last week forecasts revenues of $11.3 billion and spending of $11.2 billion — leaving a surplus of $95 million.

Finance Ken Krawetz (KRAH'-vetz) told the legislature that Saskatchewan is the only province to table a balanced budget so far this year.

The Saskatchewan Party says the budget keeps a number of election promises including money for more surgeries, highway repairs and for persons with disabilities.

But New Democrats criticized the government for raising drug costs and ambulance fees for seniors.

The film industry is also upset about the government's decision to cut a tax credit program for productions.