Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2019

‘In the context of future liquidity support’

Government Money Bag

Reports coming out of Holland indicate that the Dutch government is prepared to stop the liquidity support for the St. Maarten government if the members of Parliament do not give up their exorbitant salaries. The authorities in Holland are expecting for the St. Maarten government to once again run out of money and needing a financial injection from The Hague as was the case last year when it received 32.6 million guilders in liquidity support. In reports, St. Maarten politicians are being labelled as ‘greedy’. We will be eagerly awaiting the response of the St. Maarten government to this latest development and we equally look forward to the reactions of the island’s MPs, especially if and when their salaries can not be paid indeed. Will the civil servants once again be made to bear the consequences of an empty government coffer? Or will State Secretary Knops succeed in lowering MP salaries with that as a new condition for future liquidity support from the Kingdom government?


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