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Highlights of the New Brunswick budget

WATCH: Not surprisingly, reaction to the New Brunswick budget is mixed. While business groups are mostly all smiles, others say they're left with questions still to be answered. Andrew Cromwell reports.

New Brunswick Finance Minister Ernie Steeves has tabled a $9.8-billion budget for 2019-20 on Tuesday. Here are some highlights:

– A projected surplus of $23 million, while the current net debt of $14.1 billion is expected to decline by $49 million – the first drop in the debt in 13 years.

– The budget contains no new taxes or fee increases.

– The front licence plate on vehicles will be eliminated, as will the fee paid by volunteer firefighters for their licence plates.

– The government will spend more than $16 million to increase wages for home support workers.

– About $2.4 million will be spent in 2019-20 to recruit and retain more nurses.

– The province will ask the federal government to allow for a reduction in the scope of work to improve Route 11.

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– The government will introduce legislation to reintroduce the New Brunswick Tuition Tax Credit, and will unveil a renewed bursary program for students attending universities and colleges in New Brunswick.

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