In 2017, the province's per-person spending reached its highest level since 1965.
The province's net government debt will climb to approximately $55 billion this year.
Premier Ralph Klein’s government reduced program spending by 21.6 per cent over three years.
The budget includes a 1.6 per cent nominal spending reduction over four years.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has warned Albertans that the current fiscal year’s projected surplus has turned into at least a $500 million deficit and that next year’s budget will sink deeper into red-ink territory.