ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Highlights of the Newfoundland and Labrador budget presented Tuesday:
— A deficit of $1.6 billion over three years means public-sector job losses and spending cutbacks.
— The province cuts about 1,200 government jobs and has approved another 200 early retirements.
— Core services are protected with spending of $2.9 billion in health services and $1.3 billion for education.
— No increase to personal or corporate income taxes but a new tobacco tax adds 1.5 cents per cigarette as of Wednesday.
— Increased fees for historic sites across the province with free days eliminated as of April 1.