Prime Minister Jacobs not concerned: “I think we still have a majority”

PHILIPSBURG — The National Alliance-United People’s party governing coalition continues discussions with members of parliament about their willingness to leave the opposition benches. But Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs declined to comment on these developments during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. Asked whether she supported More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Audit Chamber doubts whether lowering rental costs is feasible

PHILIPSBURG — “We question if the goals set forth in the country package are realistic,” the General Audit Chamber states in its audit on the possibilities of rent reduction for government. Prime Minister More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, June 30th, 2022

PFP: VROMI Minister is playing stalling tactics to avoid accountability

PHILIPSBURG – Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson are not surprised by the deliberate stalling tactics played by the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

PFP: Ombudsman’s report is the final straw in a long list of poor governance

~ Calls on Minister Doran to resign; requests Urgent Public Meeting ~ PHILIPSBURG – Following Monday’s publication of the Ombudsman’s report on the tendering and awarding process of the garbage collection More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Ombudsman: Garbage collection-tender was not fair and not transparent

PHILIPSBURG — The public tender for the collection of solid waste for the period 2021-2026 was “neither fair nor transparent,” the office of the Ombudsman concludes in a report about its systemic More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

New debate about double turnover tax on fuel prices

PHILIPSBURG — Eight years ago, financial expert Emilio Kalmera pointed out how the government abuses the turnover tax-system by applying this levy twice to the price of gasoline and diesel: once to the wholesale More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Kingdom decides Friday about retraction of salary-cut for civil servants

PHILIPSBURG — The Kingdom Council of Ministers decides next Friday, June 24, whether St. Maarten gets permission to terminate the 12.5 percent pay-cut for civil servants. For a positive outcome, the government More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Conditions for retracting 12.5 percent salary cut remain a mystery

PHILIPSBURG — The Kingdom Council of Ministers will take a decision about the eight conditions St. Maarten will have to meet in exchange for permission to drop the 12.5 percent salary cut for government employees More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Acting Governor Groeneveldt unexpectedly passes away

PHILIPSBURG — Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. News of his passing soon spread quickly throughout the legal community on the island. “With his passing, More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Road tax disappears unlawfully into general budget

PHILIPSBURG — In 2009 a detailed draft report estimated there was a road network maintenance backlog worth at least 360 million guilders ($201.1 million). During the following twelve to thirteen years, the More...