Since 1999, the provincial government increased health-care spending by more than 78 per cent.
Last year was the first in at least 25 years that the province derived no revenue from petroleum royalties.
Government accounted for 61.6 per cent of all economic activity in the province.
High rates can influence people’s decisions on where to work or start new businesses.
The province’s net debt will rise from $15.2 billion to nearly $17.2 billion.
Government workers in Atlantic Canada received 11.9 per cent more (on average) in wages than their private-sector counterparts.
Nova Scotia’s net debt is projected to eclipse $17 billion this year.
Wait times cost Canadians up to $1,963 for each person waiting for treatment.
RBC forecasts an $800 million provincial deficit this year, Scotiabank forecasts $970 million.
The province projects a $535 million increase in net debt this year alone.