Nova Scotia

Labour costs for paving double the budget, says group

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for an independent review of the Nova Scotia government's paving program after obtaining documents through access to information that say its labour costs are over budget.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation calling for independent review

The government's $3.6-million mobile asphalt plant went into operation in August 2012. (CBC)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for an independent review of the Nova Scotia government's paving program after obtaining documents through access to information that say its labour costs are over budget.    

The federation released the documents which say the government has spent more than double what it budgeted in salaries, benefits and overtime for each kilometre of paving.    

The documents say that Nova Scotia finished 227 kilometres of planned chip seal and asphalt paving, about half of the 456 kilometres it was aiming to complete during 2012.    

Kevin Lacey, the Atlantic spokesman for the group, says a review of the program is needed because it is inefficient.    

The government's $3.6-million mobile asphalt plant went into operation in August 2012.    

At the time, the government said it wanted to address unfair pricing and a lack of competition for project tenders in some rural areas of the province.

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