Sunday 19 August, 2018

Prime Minister to make contribution to Budget Debate on Tuesday

Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will make his highly anticipated contribution to the 2018/2019 Budget Debate about 2:00 pm Tuesday at Gordon House.

Holness will make his budget presentation at a time when the country is literally on edge as it relates to crime, lower than expected levels of economic growth and restiveness among a block of key public sector workers – namely teachers, nurses and the police – who are yet to ink an agreement with the Government.

Despite the negatives, there are signs of stability in the economy: unemployment is at a 10-year-low, tourism is booming, and so too is the Business Process Outsourcing Sector which is currently one of the biggest employers of labour.

With Holness being the Minister responsible for the National Housing Trust, it is not known whether he will take up the suggestion by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to free-up billions of dollars in uncollected contribution refunds to tackle the problem of squatting.

And as the Minister of Defence, the Prime Minister is expected to speak to the crime situation, especially against the background of his declaration on Sunday of another State of Public Emergency, this time in the St Catherine North Police Division that has recorded nearly 50 murders since the start of the year.

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