HALIFAX - Highlights of the Nova Scotia spring budget introduced Tuesday:
— Deficit to drop to $211.2 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, down from the $260.8-million deficit the province reported last month.
— Personal income tax reductions expected to return $7.5 million to about 78,000 Nova Scotians.
— Small business tax rate reduced by half a percentage point from four per cent to 3.5 per cent, saving businesses about $10 million annually.
— Overall spending for health care up 2.5 per cent at $3.9 billion.
—Province will close its office in Ottawa with a savings of $500,000 annually.