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Highlights of the Nova Scotia government's budget for 2013-14

04/04/2013 01:16 EDT | Updated 06/04/2013 05:12 EDT
HALIFAX - Highlights of the Nova Scotia budget introduced Thursday.

— Surplus of $16.4 million, up from a $356.4 million deficit from 2012-13.

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— Departmental spending going down by $86 million and federal equalization payments up by $124.9 million.

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— Net debt to grow to $14 billion, up from $13.9 billion.

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— $5.3 million will go to funding insulin pumps and related supplies for youths up to the age of 19.

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— $2.1 million will be spent to expand dental coverage for children 13 and under.

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— Tobacco tax hike will result in an increase of two cents per cigarette, a measure expected to generate $18.2 million.