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Budget amendments debate to start today on St. Maarten


PHILIPSBURG–Debate on the amendments to the 2013 budget in the Central Committee of Parliament will start today, Wednesday. The public session in Parliament House commences at 10:00am.

Finance Minister Marin Hassink is expected to present the budget amendments and answer questions posed by Members of Parliament.

Government and Parliament are keen on getting the amendments reviewed and approved as soon as possible to avoid an instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers to get the country’s financial house in order.

The 2013 budget was approved by Parliament in April, but it was never signed into law by Governor Eugene Holiday. He asked the Wescot-Williams III Cabinet to budget a day after taking office, with a note asking if the new government supported the budget prepared and presented by the former National Alliance (NA)-led coalition.

The cabinet did not have much time to ponder on an answer, as the following day the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT informed government that the 2013 budget, though approved by Parliament, had a perceived deficit of NAf. 30 million. That deficit needed to be removed by government, because the country is not allowed to have a deficit under the Kingdom Law on Temporary Financial Supervision for Curaçao and St. Maarten.

Also on the meeting agenda is establishing the composition of members of the permanent parliamentary and ad hoc committees and members to the various Parliament of Latin America Parlatino committees.

A plenary session of parliament will be held at 2:00pm to approve the credentials of William Marlin and the composition of committees as decided on in the morning session.

This morning’s session will be the first after the official opening of the 2013-2014 Parliamentary Year, which took place on Tuesday.

Both parliament meetings will be live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, Pearl Radio FM 98.1, and

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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