03/25/2014 02:09 EDT | Updated 05/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia finance minister to release 2014-15 budget on April 3

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government will deliver its spring budget April 3.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen recently warned that wage and other cost pressures combined with poor economic growth will add to the government's challenges in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Whalen has said civil service job cuts are not a priority in the upcoming budget.

The last fiscal update Whalen released in December projected a $481.7 million deficit for 2013-14 due to a large unfunded liability in the public service pension plan and a drop in government revenue.

The budget will be the first for the Liberals since they were elected in October.