The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour waded into the fray on the Saskatchewan budget. Hilarious lede on their news release:
Largest Taxpayer Group Gives Budget a C+
Today the organization that speaks on behalf of more taxpayers than any other group in the province gave the 2006 Saskatchewan budget a passing grade.
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President, Larry Hubich said, "through our affiliated and non-affiliated unions and on behalf of more than 120,000 'real' Saskatchewan taxpayers and their families, I offer a passing grade of C+ to the Finance Minister and the provincial government on the 2007-2007 budget released today."
Wow. How self-serving is that? Larry Hubich from on-high annointing the provincial budget with his approval on behalf of "real" taxpayers, and not those low-rent non-union hacks.
But check this: Larry says he would have given the budget a higher grade were it not for the the reckless tax cuts for land-owner elites.
"We could have supported targeted tax incentives in certain areas, but we would base such incentives on demonstrated corporate performance. Sort of a 'pay-for-performance' regime or an 'incentive based' plan for business, Hubich said. He added, "You know -- if you do this you get this. Not simply putting the money up first, and hoping business will respond positively."
OK, this is historic. I now look forward to seeing all union contracts based on performance, or "incentive-based." You know, instead of giving all the money up front and just blindly hoping union workers will work harder.