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Budget 2013: Old Habits Die Hard – commentary

 Budget 2013:  Old Habits Die Hard


The noise has subsided. Following the presentation of the 2013 budget one section of the Parliamentary opposition, the Alliance For Change, submitted a motion that would allow his party to make amendments to the budget.

Last year, without a motion, the opposition proceeded to implement cuts to the budget and sparked a legal action that only led to a temporary ruling. But there was a caveat to the ruling. The Chief Justice said that he cannot enforce his ruling on the national assembly.

But there should not have been all this hullaballoo because every Member of Parliament should have been au fait with the Standing Orders and with what they are expected to do on behalf of the people. The National Assembly is authorized to amend the budget. The government admits this yet when the amendment was made last year there was a legal challenge.  Continue reading

House passes education, justice and agriculture allocations uncut

House passes education, justice and agriculture  allocations uncut

Parliament Building

Parliament Building

Demerara Waves – Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The National Assembly has unanimously passed the budget allocations for the education, justice and agriculture sectors without amendments.

Consideration of the estimates began on Tuesday following the ruling of Speaker of the House Raphael Trotman that the Assembly did have the power to reduce allocations as the opposition parties had signalled they would do.

Only one allocation, that of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), had been proposed to be cut. The AFC had proposed to reduce the $1.4B allocation to $585M. The opposition parties noted the Auditor General’s recommendation that the agency should have its own accounting body instead of its funds being run through the central ministry yet the practice continued.           Continue reading

The 2013 budget – commentary

The 2013 budget

Stabroek News – On April 1, 2013 n Editorial

What separates this year’s budget from recent renderings is the clutch of budgetary measures inclusive of amendments to the tax regime. The trend in previous years had been for broad declaratory policies and statements with few if any budgetary measures.

Do these additional measures hint that the government believes it has to be at the ready for an early election? The other brooding unknown is what will happen in Parliament during the consideration of the estimates amid the clear intent of the opposition to assert the Assembly’s right to cut allocations. Will an Appropriations Bill be presented and passed and if not what happens?

Those heady unknowns aside, at the macro-economic level, the budget is of interest to just a handful. The real engagement prevails at the level of the individual and how their circumstances might be improved or not as a result of the measures unveiled.   Continue reading

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