At the national average income level, Nova Scotians face a provincial tax rate of 14.95 per cent on the next dollar they earn.
Government spending in Nova Scotia encompassed 60.2 per cent of the economy.
The province's private-sector investment per worker was $11,300—the lowest level in Canada and 47 per cent below the national average.
The average Nova Scotia family will pay more than 44 per cent of their income on taxes this year.
Seventy-five per cent of survey respondents said uncertainty around protected areas was a deterrent to investment.
The province's spending is projected to increase by $664 million over the next three years.
At last update, the province’s budget deficit was $440 million for 2021-22.