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Jul 13, 2012

P.M. gets the last word on the budget

Dean Barrow

We’ll have more of that discussion with the C.E.O. of the Ministry of Health on Monday. But the burning issue of the week continues to be the budget. The annual budget debate for the current fiscal year concluded shortly after seven o’clock on Thursday night following a protracted discussion during which allocations and government expenditure for 2012-2013 were thoroughly analyzed.  In delivering the final presentation to an audience of U.D.P. supporters, in the absence of the Opposition, Prime Minister Dean Barrow acknowledged the achievement of his administration despite the financial constraints that have befallen the region as a result of the bleak economic climate.  The P.M. then went on to describe the budget as a progressive exercise in expansion, entrenched in government’s accomplishments over the past four years.   The budget, he says, reflects considerable increases in recurrent and capital expenditure.

 

Dean Barrow

“We have done so very remarkably well. And anyway you slice it Mr. Speaker this budget, careful though it is, about avoiding the wasteful crony spending that was the hallmark of the P.U.P., is a growth budget. A budget of planned incremental but significant expansion and it is a budget now that is rooted in the success of the last few years and especially 2011-2012 when, despite the fact of two national elections, remember how every time when there was a general election and the P.U.P. was in office they would absolutely bust the budget?  Despite the fact that we had two national elections in March, general and countrywide municipal, our financial and economic outturn for the last fiscal year was better than had been estimated.  Central government’s accounts recorded primary surplus in excess of two percent and that was matched by a similar gross domestic product increase.  So Mr. Speaker, it is an undeniable fact that 2012-2013 will see an increased outlay over 2011-2012 for the delivery of goods and services to the people of this country.  It will see for the first time in our history Mr. Speaker gross domestic output exceed three billion dollars.  It will see total government expenditure, now break the nine hundred million dollar barrier and come close to the billion dollar mark.  Thus Mr. Speaker, no matter how the opposition carps, criticizes, falsifies and lies there is no gainsaying the fact of measurable, tangible, overall increases in both recurrent and capital allocations in this budget.”


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9 Responses for “P.M. gets the last word on the budget”

  1. Storm says:

    Cut to the chase. What do we have to show for all this “expansion”, and how does that square with a responsible or austere budget?

    We must demand an honestly BALANCED BUDGET every year, from every GOB. Overspending is an anchor that will pull our children down with it.

  2. Rod says:

    Worse pm and gov. In the history of belize no wonderbthebus gov is calling this gov. Incompetent and corrupt.

  3. Marie says:

    It is clear now that he governs for black people only calling Julius a peasant and having some insecurity about people who are successful. In the past he has said he wants to climb no social ladder but his boorish behaviour is unbecoming of a Prime Minister who barks and giggles and criticizes those whoa re productive and need not rely on handouts. He targets them indirectly by torpedoing the business and middle class and taxes them to death to give it to the unproductive and criminal. Its a shame he is good in law, brilliant in oration but lacking in common sense.

  4. Lucas says:

    Sometimes I wonder which is Dean’s biggest problem: if his ARROGANCE or his HYPOCRISY.
    when will this man understand that ANGER is a dangerous weakness?. Honestly, I think that Julius Espat is a Mini Dean: ALL GLITTER BUT NO SUBSTANCE. However, I had a good laugh seeing how a light-weight Julius can make Dean go BALISTIC. Man, Dean was throwing fire from his mouth, sulphur from his eyes, smoke from his nostril, fume from his ears and pedos from his trasero. With all his INTELLIGENCE, in his ANGER, Dean failed to see that CAMPESINO and PEASANT are one and mean the same, except, that one is Spanish and the other is English ( check the meaning of Campesino in a spanish dictionary and of Peasant in an English and them compare the meanings). I can hear laughters in the halls and corridors of Guatemala City because of the story about the horses running across the border but instead of feeling embarrassed, Dean gets ANGRY. Then Dean gets ANGRY because Senor Francis did not stayed to hear his final eloquent speech forgetting that when in Opposition, he would prefer to go to court and defend drug lords rather than going to parliament and attend to the people’s business.

  5. Ricky Malthus says:

    Barrow’s budget reflects $641,648,486 for civil servants salaries,pensions, and other operating expenses. The budget also includes $136,085,131 for all debt service, and $160,123,730 for capital expenditures earmarked for political cronies and phantom programs and phantom employees. Nothing for Belizeans.

  6. BMNJ says:

    Awaiting the next debate – reintroduction of capital punishment debate.

  7. Law-And-Order Kriol says:

    Marie,

    I happen to be a black Belizean, and I don’t see for the life of me what Dean’s admittedly boorish behavior and poor taste (peasant reference) have to do with black Belizeans. You need to check yourself!

  8. Storm says:

    I hate to see racial slurs and biases in comments. First, I believe we’re all God’s children and we all bleed red, so skin pigment is irrelevant. Second, Belize up until recently has been pretty successful existing as a melting pot of every race. Somehow I see racial prejudice and division creeping into the Jewel, and I think it’s a bad thing in every way.

  9. dunfedup says:

    Marie

    No truer words were ever written. He has admitted that he is racist and will do whatever he can for blacks at the expense of successful people. And if you haven’t noticed-most of them around here are not his color. Sad, but true.

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