Alberta plans to borrow $3B less; on track for higher surplus

The Alberta government says it plans to reduce its borrowing by almost $3 billion and is on track for a higher than expected surplus this fiscal year.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government says it plans to reduce its borrowing by almost $3 billion and is on track for a higher than expected surplus this fiscal year.

The province’s first-quarter update says borrowing for infrastructure projects is now forecast to be just over $2 billion in 2014-15.

The projected surplus has grown by $300 million since the budget to $1.4 billion.

Finance Minister Doug Horner says revenue is up due to higher energy forecasts and stronger corporate income taxes.

Horner says Alberta’s economy continues to grow as evidenced by a slight increase in real GDP.

He says the province has turned a corner economically and is back on strong financial footing.

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