News releases from Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013) (Page 1)

Forecast Update Confirms Budget Surplus

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

The first forecast update for Budget 2013 confirms a balanced budget that provides fiscal stability and more opportunities for Nova Scotia, making life better for seniors, small businesses, children and families.

Credit Rating Agencies Confirm Province's Fiscal Success

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Two more independent, third-party rating agencies have confirmed that the province's four-year fiscal plan is working and has put Nova Scotia back on stable financial footing.

2012-13 Public Accounts Show Fiscal Discipline Continuing to Pay Off

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

The province's four-year plan to create a strong foundation for all Nova Scotians to build a better future is working.

Low Income Seniors Receive Provincial Income Tax Refunds

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Over 17,000 Nova Scotia seniors will receive a refund of their provincial income tax as part of the province's commitment to help make life more affordable.

Dominion Bond Upgrades Province's Credit Rating

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Nova Scotia has earned its highest yet long-term credit rating from Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) in recognition of the province's return to a balanced budget through strong fiscal discipline and steady improvement over four years.

Re-decking Will Extend Life of Macdonald Bridge

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

A major infrastructure project will extend the life of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, ensuring an important piece of Nova Scotia's road network will be in place for decades to come.

MLAs More Accountable to Nova Scotians

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

FINANCE--MLAs More Accountable to Nova Scotians -----------------------------------------------------------------Members of the Legislative Assembly convicted of a serious indictable offence will no longer be able to protect their pension by resigning or retiring before their trial.

HST Relief on Home Energy, Family Essentials Made Law

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Nova Scotians will continue to see the benefits of no provincial portion of the HST on home energy and other essential items with proposed changes to the Financial Measures (2013) Act.

Budget Highlights for the Fiscal Year 2013–14

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

NOTE: A social media release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-04-04-Budget-2013/ . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event.

Budget 2013 Brings Province Back to Balance

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

NOTE: A social media release with additional quotes is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-04-04-Budget-2013/ . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event.

Provincial User Fees to Increase

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

To ensure consistent delivery of important programs and services for Nova Scotians and their families, the province will increase user fees and charges by 5.8 per cent.

Path to Prosperity Includes Balanced Budget, Better Support for Small Business

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

The province is cutting red tape for small business, making it easier and more affordable for them to do business and create jobs in Nova Scotia.

Province Approves Writeoffs for 2012-13

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

The province is writing off $10.6 million in debts that will be considered unpaid or uncollectible as of March 31.

Government to Deliver Budget April 4

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

The Nova Scotia government will deliver the 2013-14 budget Thursday, April 4.

Province to Develop Regulations for U-vints and U-brews

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Justice Minister Ross Landry, on behalf of Maureen MacDonald Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act, said the province has listened to business owners and Nova Scotians, and will develop regulations allowing the legal operation of ferment-on-premise facilities, also known as u-vints and u-brews.

Province Responds to Phasing Out Penny

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Effective Feb. 4, the federal government is phasing out the penny. Nova Scotians using cash to pay for government fees will be affected by the change.

Finance Minister Looking for Ideas to Move Nova Scotia Forward

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Nova Scotians are invited to share their ideas for moving Nova Scotia forward as Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald continues her pre-budget consultation.

Small Business Tax Rate To Decrease For Third Year In A Row

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Small businesses in Nova Scotia will ring in the new year with a reduced tax rate.

Spending Under-Budget, Revenue Declines Due To Economic Factors

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Like other jurisdictions, Nova Scotia is feeling the impact of a soft economy reflected in the province's second fiscal update for the 2012-13 budget released today, Dec. 13, by Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald.

New Amendments Benefit Wine Industry, Consumers

Finance (to Oct. 22, 2013)

Nova Scotia wine consumers will soon have more choice for their favourite merlot, pinot grigio, or chardonnay.