Ontario's net debt is set to hit $354 billion this year.
Ontario's top marginal personal income tax rate of 53.53 per cent is the second-highest in North America.
Government-sector workers enjoy a wage premium of 10.3 per cent over workers in the private sector.
The projected deficit will hit $9 billion in 2019-20.
Premier Ford’s first budget called for continued nominal spending growth.
The Ford government now forecasts a $11.3 billion deficit this year.
Program spending this year is projected to be $17.7 billion higher than two years ago.
The Ford government tables its budget next week.