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.