Saskatchewan politicians recently wrapped up the spring session of legislature, after riding a rocky road full of heated debate and the many voices of displeased citizens.
"It was super busy with the budget coming down, some really tough decisions were made. However, that was with the goal of having things back to balanced within three years," related Estevan MLA Lori Carr.
"One thing that I noticed was the fact that when we made the decisions in the budget, especially with the item of libraries, we realized that it was wrong at the time. We admitted that it was something that needed to be reversed and we needed to work with them going forward."
She said that another major topic of discussion with ramifications for the southeast area was the impending federal Carbon Tax.
"It's something that the Sask Party and provincial government is going to fight tooth and nail. We've already looked at our options for going to court if they impose that on us."
"We have technology right in our backyard that counters the carbon that's going into the air, and they are not giving us credit for any of that kind of stuff. It's something that we will continue to fight for as a province," Carr added.
The subject that generated the majority of the fireballs that were thrown back and forth across the chambers was, of course, the budget.
"Probably the part that got the most traction, and I think it was just because of the lobbying that was done, was in regards to the libraries. It was just the way that they are funded, not able to raise any revenues on their own, they are really dependent on us right now."
"Hopefully we will be able to work together and see what we can do going forward," she added.
Looking ahead, Carr expressed their intention to stay firm on their budget decisions, reiterating that it will put them on track to be balanced three years down the road.