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04/03/2014 01:43 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Highlights of Nova Scotia government's 2014-15 budget delivered Thursday

HALIFAX - Highlights of the Nova Scotia 2014-15 budget introduced Thursday.

— Deficit of $279 million in a spending plan of $9.9 billion.

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— Revenue of $9.6 billion due to a bump in personal income tax collection, but that's offset by $9.9 billion in total expenditures, about $80 million of which is new spending.

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— Health expenditures to reach $4.1 billion or 46.4 per cent of total spending, while spending on education will be $1.2 billion or 13.8 per cent of budget expenditures.

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— Province to eliminate the Graduate Retention Rebate, saving $49.5 million while holding all other fees, tax credits and rebates steady.

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— No new tax measures while maintaining the Harmonized Sales Tax at 15 per cent.

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— $7.2 million to cap classroom sizes from Primary to Grade 2 at 20 students from the current 25.

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— $32.6 million on home care support and a further $10.6 million to recruit and train doctors in rural and remote areas.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the spending plan was $9.6 billion.