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Draft budget is “sloppy and full of grammatical mistakes”

PHILIPSBURG — The draft 2021 budget is sloppy and a step back “due to its many grammatical and legal-technical mistakes,” the Council of Advice writes in its analysis of the budget that is currently under discussion in the Central Committee of Parliament. The Council notes that the objective to cut 12.5 percent of the labor conditions for More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
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Cft urges St. Maarten to implement revenue-increasing and cost-cutting measures

PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten has to speed up the implementation of revenue-increasing and cost-cutting measures if it wants to return to structural budget-surpluses in the near future. “Without additional More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Financial supervisor Cft critical of 2020 budget

PHILIPSBURG — Financial supervisor Cft has expressed serious criticism about St. Maarten’s approved 2020 budget in a letter to Finance Minister Ardwell Irion dated May 20. The letter became public this More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
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Motion asks for modest paycuts but Parliament approves budget without it

PHILIPSBURG – Reluctantly, Parliament accepted a motion tabled by National Alliance MP Ludmilla Duncan to cut salaries of parliamentarians and ministers, while it rejected a further-reaching motion with the same More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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MP Brison: “Central Bank has not done near enough”

PHILIPSBURG – “The Central bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten has not done near enough to assist the people of St. Maarten,” chairman of parliament MP Rolando Brison said during the meeting of parliament about More...

By The Publisher On Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Budget 2020: personnel costs keep going up

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget understandably shows significantly higher expenditures due to the COVID-19 crisis, but it seems that the government is unable to get a grip on its ballooning personnel costs More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Salaries for ministers unchanged in 2020 draft budget

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget does not contain any indication that ministers and parliamentarians will take a ten percent salary cut. On the contrary, the listed salaries for all ministers – with the More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Draft 2020 budget meets with criticism

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget closes with a deficit of 263.2 million guilders ($147 million). Expenditures total 610.5 million and revenue 347.3 million. The Council of Advice is critical of the budget: More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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MP Mercelina tackles national health insurance plan again

PHILIPSBURG – MP Luc Mercelina (United Democrats) repeated his objections against the introduction of a National Health Insurance (NHI) plan during the handling of the draft 2019 budget in parliament on Monday. More...

By The Publisher On Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Websites for dummies (UPDATED)

By Hilbert Haar Technology is wonderful. I can be anywhere in the world, watch what is happening anywhere else and write about it. Organizations – like the parliament and the government of St. Maarten – use More...