Regarding the story headlined “Sask. Party defends cash-for-access after second Premier’s Dinner of year” (June 3):

A $250-a-seat dinner is an insult to everyone in Saskatchewan who has to choose between paying the rent and buying food. The number of people facing these harsh alternatives is growing by leaps and bounds — thanks to the Wall government’s 2017 austerity budget.

We are told our province’s dire financial situation — a $1.3-billion deficit — means we all have to tighten our belts. There do, however, seem to be some exceptions. Corporations and high-income individuals have had their tax rates reduced in the 2017 budget. Indeed, the budget is an attack on poor people.

Symptomatic of the meanness of the 2017 budget is the government’s decision to no longer cover the cost of funeral services for poor people.