POLITICS

New Brunswick deficit to grow by $173M due to lower revenues, government says

11/01/2012 02:10 EDT | Updated 01/01/2013 05:12 EST
FREDERICTON - The government of New Brunswick is projecting its deficit to be $173 million larger than previously forecast primarily due to lower revenues.

The province's Finance Department provided an update today saying its original budget forecast of a $183 million deficit this fiscal year is off.

The department says it now expects the deficit to grow to $356 million.

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs says the province is receiving $110 million less in anticipated tax revenues because of a weakened economy.

Higgs says expense projections have also grown by $51 million.