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Draft 2024 budget shows modest surplus

PHILIPSBURG — The draft 2024 budget mentions 572.2 million guilders ($319.7 million) in expenditures and 574.8 million ($321.1 million) in revenue – a modest surplus of around 2 million ($1.1 million). The budget for the parliament is 7.3 million guilders ($4.1 million), an increase of 12.7 percent. Remarkable are the 23 percent increase More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, May 13th, 2023
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Cft satisfied with intended budget amendments

PHILIPSBURG — The government expects a budget surplus of 4 million guilders ($2.2 million) in 2024, 9 million ($5 million) in 2025 and 15 million ($8.4 million) in 2026. This projection appears from a letter More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
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Pay to enter: St. Maarten will soon charge Tourist Tax

PHILIPSBURG — Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Omar Ottley aims to introduce a 25-dollar fee for each person arriving in St. Maarten. On the 2023 Government budget the “arrival More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, April 1st, 2023
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Government to collect tax from guests booking via AirBnB

“No additional laws are required to collect taxes related to Airbnb, those taxes can be collected under the current tax system,” said Finance Minister Ardwell Irion during the 2023 budget debate in Parliament, More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, March 26th, 2023
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Generous travel allowances for ministers on a cut 2023 budget

PHILIPSBURG — Finance Minister Ardwell Irion allocated himself a travel budget of NAf 60,000 for 2023, an increase of 601.39% compared to 2022. Tourism Minister Leo Lambriex has 100 percent more to spend More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, August 18th, 2022
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Finance Minister Ardwell Irion successfully tackles backlog of financial statements

PHILIPSBURG — Finance Minister Ardwell Irion is diligently working on the backlog of annual financial statements. On Wednesday, he presented these statements for the years 2019 and 2020, accompanied by an More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Lofty words but hardly any deadlines in policy plan for 2022

PHILIPSBURG — The draft 2022 budget closes with a deficit of 124.1 million guilders ($69.3). No surprises there. Revenue is projected to be 409.3 million ($228.7 million) and expenditures 533.5 million ($298 More...

By The Publisher On Monday, December 13th, 2021
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PFP against efforts to silence MPs, rush through the 2022 national budget

~ Faction proposes to extend debates into Parliament recess ~ PHILIPSBURG – With only one week left before Parliament goes on recess, Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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MP Angelique Romou submits amendments to the 2021 Budget

~ VAllocates 440,000 for school materials and school breakfast program ~ PHILIPSBURG — As a Member of Parliament and an advocate for education and youth, Angelique Romou has been keeping a keen eye on the More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
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Subsidies take up one third of 2021 budget

PHILIPSBURG — A third of the expenditures listed in the draft 2021 budget is earmarked for “subsidies, contributions and income transfers.” Out of the budget’s total of 613.1 million guilders ($342.5 More...