The government enters the spring sitting of the legislature focused on growing the economy, improving the education system and providing opportunities for youth.
The second session of the 62nd general assembly resumed today, April 14.
Premier Stephen McNeil said a provincial budget that invests in Nova Scotians’ priorities will be a focal point, while the government also plans to introduce legislation that will help improve government efficiency and address a range of concerns.
“Nova Scotians have told us their priorities are supporting children and families, having a health-care system that meets their needs today and in the future, and improving economic opportunities.
“We are committed to make progress in all of those areas.”
Premier McNeil said the 2016-17 budget, to be tabled April 19, will include investments that will improve daycare workers’ wages and make daycare more affordable for more families.
Other priorities that were identified in Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey’s consultations with Nova Scotians will also be reflected in the budget.
The government’s legislative agenda, which is subject to change, includes:
— a new Mineral Resources Act
— the Service Dog Act, clarifying owners’ rights and responsibilities
— amending the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter to allow for campaign financing bylaws
— modernizing the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Act
— clarifying government records management
— reducing red tape for the Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corp.
— a tax credit for donations of agricultural products to food banks
— more protection for Nova Scotia investors
— aligning business record-keeping requirements with other Maritime provinces
— rules for repeat violators under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
— improving the administration and processes in provincial elections