June 26, 2014 4:20 pm

Bumper crop boosts Saskatchewan’s bottom line with higher surplus

The Saskatchewan government's last fiscal year wrapped up better than expected because of a bumper crop and higher returns on investments.

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan government’s last fiscal year wrapped up better than expected because of a bumper crop and higher returns on investments.

Public accounts show the province finished its fiscal year in March with a surplus of $589 million – $439 million higher than forecast in the 2013-2014 budget.

The bottom line initially took a hit because of lower than expected revenue from potash.

But overall the province took in more money from insurance sector investment income and taxes, including a four-cent increase on tobacco that brought in $23 million.

Expenses were also down because agricultural claims were lower than budgeted due to a record crop last year.

Finance Minister Ken Krawetz says it’s good news, but the circumstances were unusual and windfalls can’t be counted on every year.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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