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The Yukon government has introduced a budget that will see it spend $1.5-billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Premier Sandy Silver, who also serves as Finance Minister, says it’s a strategic budget that supports the programs people value, invests in Yukon’s future, and sets a sustainable path forward.

The budget includes a $5.9-million deficit, but the government is forecasting that it will return to a surplus in 2020-21.

There are no new taxes or fees in the budget.

Highlights of the budget include $19-million for a new francophone school in Whitehorse and $19-million to develop residential lots.

The budget also calls for the creation of 160 new public-sector jobs, with 120 of those for Health and Social Services, mostly for staff at the Whistle Bend Continuing Care facility.

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