SAGE Town Hall To Be Held On Wednesday

October 7, 2014

On Wednesday October 8th at 6:30pm, the Bermuda Government will host a Town Hall Meeting at Pier 6 in Hamilton. The meeting will be hosted by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Bob Richards.

A spokesperson said, “The purpose of this Town Hall meeting will be to communicate to the general public the high level policy decisions that Government has taken with respect to the SAGE recommendations and to invite public dialogue on the way forward.

“The Commission’s report was released on October 31, 2013 and the Report identified a number of challenges relating to government operations and recommended transformative measures that would result in increased efficiency and deficit reduction. The Report included over 200 recommendations and observations.

“The work performed by the SAGE Commission combined with the many reviews and reports conducted by internal government agents, as well as external consultants, will form the foundation of the Public Service Reform Initiative.

“The Public Service Reform Initiative embraces efficiencies across a broad spectrum including the future shape and size of the Service. To this end, the Government intends to host a second public meeting to discuss the Public Bodies Reform legislation in due course.”

The full page SAGE report is below [PDF here]:

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  1. Rhonnda aka Blue Familiar says:

    Really wish I could attend.

    • Kunta says:

      Aahhh, how long of a notice has this been circulating ?
      Hoping not much people would’ve found out aye !!!!!!!!!!
      Sneaky, Sneaky
      Just like de changing of de license plates on de G.P. cars.
      Sorry Charlie

      • Strike fund says:

        More notice than a BIU strike (sorry meeting).

        • Kunta says:

          Aaahh, at least de Union has months sometimes years of Grievance CONSULTATION with management to give them a chance.
          Aaahhh how much CONSULTATION did O.B.A/ubp give for their Land Grab and Legislative Implementation Plot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Kunta says:

            SHUT DE WHOLE ISLAND DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • jt says:

              Go for it. Long over due. I think it would solve some interesting issues.

  2. bluebird says:

    As the Minister of Finanace has already stated.
    Quote:-Money does not grow on trees.
    Money comes from outside Bermuda:-unquote.
    Is there anything that anybody does not understand about that statement???????

    • Kunta says:

      Aaaahhhh, I thought paper was made from TREES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. sage says:

    Abolish the DNDC.

  4. swing voter says:

    can’t have 80s employment in 2014….why? post office revs have lost out to email is one example of changing times. Lots of government employees don’t wanna admit that they only work 20hrs for 40hrs pay. Maybe its time to cease those unskilled entry level work permits to prepare for 20hr work week.

    • JUNK YARD DOG says:

      Blame management for not establishing Goals time lines and reasonable and obtainable expectations.

      Do you have a tyrant for a boss man or is he a dictatorial megalomaniac.

      How many so called managers do you know that don’t have a clue.

      They usually pick a bully to head up a department.

      People are only as good as that person who leads them.

      A country is only as good as its Government.

      We are only as good as we want to be.

      The key to success is ?

  5. MA$E says:

    Private sector causes financial crisis with bad lending , over development and unsustainable long term projections.

    governemtns borrow more and more on behalf of future generateions bailing out private sector in the name of ” whats best for the country ”

    private sector takes tax breaks, bail out , re structure and retuns to profitability while shrinking workforce

    government then uses profits gained from gov bailouts/loans and destroyed middle class as reasoning why private sector knows what they are doing and privatization is our only option


    • hmmm says:

      I think you’ll find the public sector was living on credit.

      There was no bailing out done by the PLP.

      • 32n64w says:


        • Coffee says:

          Maybe they ( PLP ) didn’t do any bailing , but they sure did $200,000,000.00 worth of guaranteeing ! Saved some sorry azzed bank from going under and taking a sizable chunk of Bermudians equity with it !

          • Girl on Fire says:

            And the government earned money for that guarantee, and it has since expired. Explain to me what exactly was the negative part?

  6. hmmm says:


  7. San George says:

    The cost of credit in this country is too high. Until the cost of credit in general, credit cards in particular and mortgages this government will struggle with reviving this economy.

    America is doing it , Europe is coming on board – how about Bermuda?

    • Vested says:

      @San George. You got it right. When will people organize and get banking reform as a top agenda item.

    • JUNK YARD DOG says:

      Credit is not wealth.

      Credit is the same as printing money which creates a false economy.

  8. MA$E says:

    just find it interesting that the emphasis isnt on making government better …

    that attitude seems to be who cares if it works lets just make it inexpensive.
    meanwhile direct in indirect tax continues to go up.

    all this with zero talk of any economic growth that isnt framed in the context of the 1990s

    if the model international business uses to maintain profitability in the new economy has changed its strange to me that Bermuads plan is to make our old 20th century polocies friendlier and easier ? when infact that issues isnt the ease of doing business here but the very nature of economic model we are trying to hold on to.

    Adapt or Die. llate 20th centyre Bermuda it cant be that again and why would we want it to be that again ?

    • hmmm says:

      “just find it interesting that the emphasis isnt on making government better …”

      I think you’ll find that the Actual emphasis is on both.

  9. Just a matter of time says:

    PLP bailed out BNTB.

    • LiarLiar says:

      No they didn’t.

      They issued a simple guarantee. No cash ever traded hands.

      Given the bank’s clean up of their balance sheet and the return to profitability the guarantee will never be called upon.

      On top of that the Government receives a small percentage on the $200mn.

  10. Coffee says:

    Instead of creating the environment for the growth of the economy and thus fulfilling their election promise of two thousand jobs , this democratically elected entity has chosen to cannabilize the organization it is mandated to manage . So while our giant neighbor to the west is creating thousands of jobs for its people , this worthless government is seeking to cut jobs … Un freakin believable !

    As I said in the past , this particular set of people have never been smart enough to properly manage this economy . They previously relied heavily on the presence of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S MILITARY as a permanent financial backstop . Now that the BASE is gone , CANNABILIZATION is the short term bailout for this incompetent bunch of SAGE SAGGING imbeciles !

    • Do the math says:

      The previous government created government jobs instead of growing the economy. As a result, we have a government workforce that is way too big for a small island of ~60,000 people. We cannot afford it. We need to make cuts, and my suggestion is to start with the people who take 40+ sick days a year!

    • jt says:

      I think you need to speak to some civil servants in the U.S. and Canada.

  11. Huh says:

    US base closed in 1995, Govt. debt $125M. PLP elected 1998. 9/11 2001 – billions of new capital arrives afterwards in Bermuda – Axis, Endurance, Arch, Motpelier, Platinum, Aspen, Tokio, formed etc. Roll on 2005 – hurricanes Katrina, Wilma & Rita more billions of capital arrive in Bermuda – Amlin, Validus, Ironshore, Hiscox, Lancashire, etc. formed. PLP still in power spending money like drunk sailors and implementing term limits and other anti-foreigner policies. PLP don’t save any money. World wide recession arrives 2007 – PLP just keeps spending money and doubles payroll tax on IB driving more IB out of Bda.. Roll on 2012 – thankfully incompetent PLP lose election and OBA is handed an economy on life support, Govt. debt more than $1.5B and civil service had grown by more than 2,000 since 1998. Bermuda resident population decline since peak in 2006 by more than 5,000 people. Debt service over $100M/year. OBA now trying to cut costs and grow our economy. Pick the bones out of it

  12. UpsetwithVerdict says:

    Bernews could you please live stream this meeting please. thanks