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Manitoba government continues to run increased deficits heading into election

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government's deficit has grown again.

An updated budget forecast predicts the government will end the current fiscal year with a deficit in its core operations of $485 million.

That's $64 million higher than the government predicted in last spring's budget.

Premier Greg Selinger says there have been challenges, notably increasing demands in health care and other areas.

Selinger promised in the last election to balance the budget by this year, and heads into another election next spring with a series of missed financial targets.

The government has said it hopes to balance its budget by 2019, but admits the target is not carved in stone.

The Canadian Press

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