Nova Scotia government uses majority to pass $9.5 billion spring budget

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s NDP government used its majority in the legislature to pass its $9.5 billion spring budget on Tuesday.

The vote was 27 to 20 with the opposition Liberals and Progressive Conservatives voting against the budget.

Tabled on April 4 by Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald, the 2013-14 fiscal plan forecasts a slim surplus of $16.4 million. The budget may be the last before an expected provincial election later this year.

It contains several new voter-friendly funding programs and tax breaks for low-income seniors and small businesses. There are also measures to help boost government revenues including user fee hikes and a tax increase on tobacco.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Johnny smoke
    April 24, 2013 - 09:05

    I await with baited breath to observe the removal of this government. The last four years have been nothing but slight of hand funding by the taxpayers of this province of industries whose names should be written on head stones.If the N.D.P. have proved one thing in their stint as government it is thus. No matter how bad the other two parties governed this province, it proved that it could be governed even worse if given a chance. For that I am grateful to the N.D.P. Now let us get on with the election we are wasting time while waiting for the other shoe to drop.