Nova Scotia's opposition parties give a thumbs down to provincial budget

Nova Scotia's opposition parties are giving a thumbs down to a provincial budget they maintain is nothing more than a pre-election document.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says much of the spending announced for education amounts to incremental steps, and the government still lacks an overall vision for the school system.

Baillie says the same applies to health care, where the Health Department delayed spending on facility improvements and spent 6.6 million dollars less than expected on home care.

Baillie does say he supports the government's move to increase the basic personal amount in provincial income tax, saying it helps those who are less fortunate.

The move means about 60-thousand Nova Scotians won't pay provincial income taxes beginning next January.

N-D-P Leader Gary Burrill supports the idea of a tax cut for those with middle and lower incomes, but says the amount, at 160 dollars, isn't very much.

Otherwise, Burrill says the budget fails to make investments to improve the health care system or to help young people make ends meet.