B.C.'s balanced budget includes tax and fee increases


Cigarette taxes and health care premiums will rise as the Liberals work to balance its books before heading into a May election campaign.
De Jong says he recognizes there is a credibility gap with his government, given the $2-billion-dollar deficit difference between what the Liberals promised before the election in 2009 and the end result of the books that year.
For the upcoming year, spending will increase for health care and education and the government is adding an education grant plan giving the parents of children six and under $1,200 each.
There is also a strategy to create new child-care spaces.