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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Higgs Says He's Taking A Balanced Approach

You may want to make a quick run to the corner gas bar this evening -- the Alward government is taking aim at smokes and gas in its war on the provincial deficit.

The gas tax is going up just under 3-cents a litre at midnight while tobacco tax increases will see a carton of cigarettes costing $10.50 more after midnight.

In response to a CHSJ News question - Finance Minister Blaine Higgs says he doesn't think the gas tax hike will have a negative impact on the economy.

The Finance Minister is also expecting increased revenue from N-B Liquor but it won't be through higher taxes on beer and spirits.

Higgs also wants to look at whether we have too many schools for the current student population -- and -- if there are better ways to use space in the buildings.