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HayRivertownworkersstrikeforhigherwagesMunicipalemployeesinHayRiverformedpicketlinesMondaymorninginpursuitofahigherwageincreaseoverthenextthreeyears.Seepage2.FortSmithCreeeldershareslifetimeofstoriesCreeelderRosalieBourkecharmedanaudienceattheNorthernLifeMuseumandCulturalCentrewithtalesfromheryouthandculture.Seepage13.REMEMBERINGYellowknifehonoursCanadiansoldierskilledinAfghanistan.Seepage19.LivingliketheLandlmshowcasesDenewayoflifeAnewlmbyQuebeclm-makerNicolasPaquetcelebratesDeneculturalresurgenceintheNorthwestTerritories.Seepage9.FireseasontopickupwhereitleftoffenvironmentministerDroughtcodeindicatorsaresuggestingtheSouthSlavereseasonwillbeginasitendedwithextremedroughtconditions.Seepage6.VISITWWW.NORJ.CAAnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00February102015Vol.38No.39NWTdigsinheelswith2015budgetasfiscalcliffapproachesByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheNWTsnanceministeriswalkingathinlineinnewshoesthisscalyearthechangeinfootwearmeanttocelebrateanadditional100millionincapitalinvestmenttocapthefourthandnalyearofthe17thAssembly.MinisterMichaelMiltenbergerannouncedhislatestbudgetdedi-catedtoscalrestraintlastThurs-daytakingcaretooutlinetheop-portunitiesfacedbythenextas-semblywhileremainingrealisticaboutthedauntingtaskaheadofkeepingexpendituresincheckwithessentiallynogrowthinrevenuesoverthenextfouryears.At1.83billionthebudgetfore-castsafthconsecutiveoperat-ingsurplusof147millionfortheyearbutasrevenuegrowthslowstoastandstillandcostscontinuetomountMiltenbergersaiditwilltakesmartdifcultchoicestoensuretheterritorydoesnthitthewall.WeareapproachingtheedgeofascalcliffandourchallengeistoensurethatwedonotgooverhesaidduringthelastofhisbudgetaddressThursdayafternoon.Weshouldnotbeoperatingthisclosetotheedge.thedifficultiesthatlayaheadcausedbyanumberofunforeseenblowstotheterritorysfinanceslastyear.Therecord-breakingdroughtandaccompanyingfireseasonthatputthegovernmentbackincometaxes24millionlessthananticipatedinthe2014-15estimates.Atthesametimetotalrevenueisexpectedtogrowbyjust0.1percentannuallyoverthenextveyearswhileexpendituresin-creasebyatleast2.1percentperyearandthatsassumingstrictmanagement.Thisperfectstormofshockshasdroppedourcapacitytoborrowandisprojectedtoreducethe100-mil-lioncushionofunencumberedroomunderthefederally-imposed800-millionborrowinglimitto70millionbytheendofthisscalyearMiltenbergersaid.DifcultchoicestomakeThebudgetseesnocutstopro-gramsandservicesasMiltenbergerboastedinhisaddressthoughbelt-tighteningisalreadyhappeningacrosstheboard.SeeRaisingonpage7.AperfectstormofshocksThoughMiltenbergerrefusedtocalltheNWTsfiscalsituationbleakhewasbluntinconfronting75millionlastsummerwereexacerbatedbyamassivedropinexpectedrevenue.Resourcerevenuesarenowexpectedtobe41millionlowerandcorporateWeareapproachingtheedgeofascalcliffandourchallengeistoensurethatwedonotgoover.Weshouldnotbeoperatingthisclosetotheedge.MinisterMichaelMiltenbergerNWTFinancePhotoDaliCarmichaelStaffmembersoftheFortSmithHousingAuthorityprepareforasecondweekofstrikeactioninfrigidtemperaturesastheypickettheirofficeheadquartersafterfailingtoheadbacktothenegotiationtablewithmanagement.Formoreonthisstoryheadtopage3.