Budget reaction mixed

The province's Tory Opposition says the governing Liberals have missed an opportunity to balance the budget.
    When Finance Minister Cathy Rogers tabled a new budget yesterday, she called her approach to deficit reduction as slow and steady with plans to balance the books in 20-20.
    Her budget increased spending by about 3.6 percent for things like health care, universities, education, and for daycare assistance.
    But Tory finance critic Bruce Fitch says he's worried because the debt has grown to 14 billion dollars, and adds the province could have used money from the H-S-T increase last year to wipe out a projected 192-million dollar deficit.
    Green party Leader David Coon disagrees, saying the province is catching up with basic social programs, and its per capita debt is still lower than Ontario or Quebec's.