Friday, April 4, 2014

Opposition Leader Pans Provincial Budget

The Nova Scotia government will invest more money in health care and education. Finance Minister Diana Whalen unveiled her governments budget Thursday in the legislature. It includes $9.6 billion in revenues, $9.9 billion in total spending, and a $279 million deficit. Nova Scotia's net debt sits at $14.6 billion. It's expected to rise to over $15 billion by the end of the fiscal year. PC Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says he wants to know why the debt keeps on rising in light of the Liberals campaigning in the election last year to slash the debt.

Other budget highlights include, $19 million more for public schools, class sizes to be capped from primary to Grade 3, more support for math and literacy programs, nearly $200 million more to support home care, improved access to cancer drugs and cutting down wait times for hip and knee surgeries.