Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Wilkinson has announced that the state’s highway map will be updated in the next few weeks to reflect the state of the state economy.
The Highway Tune website says the state is on track to have a $1.3-billion surplus this year, up $2.5 billion from last year.
That is a $2 billion jump from the $1 billion surplus in 2016.
Wilkinson said he was “deeply concerned” by the state budget deficit and that it had “become a major factor in the decline of our economy”.
The minister said he wants the state to have $10 billion to $11 billion in reserves by the end of the year, an increase of $1 to $2 per capita.