Wages in the mining-sector are more than 40 per cent higher than the average in all other sectors in the province.
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The province's top combined income tax rate is 54 per cent.
The average family in the province will pay more than 45 per cent of its income in taxes this year.
A lower employment rate also has implications for government finances.
The government promised to add 1,500 spots by the end of 2022, but instead added just 400.
In 2017, the provincial government spent $310 million on corporate welfare.
The budget projects a deficit of $278.9 million this year.
The available data suggest that many Nova Scotians would like to see their taxes reduced.