90 Minute Video: Premier’s Pre-Budget Meeting

January 30, 2018

[Updated] Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt and Junior Minister of Finance Wayne Furbert are holding a ‘Pre-Budget’ public meeting this evening [Jan 30] at St. Paul Centennial Hall, and if you were unable to make it, you can tune into the live video below.

Live Video TC PreBudget Town Hall 2018 3

Some of the considerations for inclusion in this year’s budget contained in the 35-page Pre-Budget Report include not moving ahead with the second phase of the payroll tax proposal by the former Government, payroll tax relief for repatriating jobs back to Bermuda; a Professional Services Tax on legal, accounting & other business consultancy services; a sugar tax, and taxing commercial rents.

Live video below, if you have any issues watching, please try viewing on Bernews Facebook page

Earlier today, a Government spokesperson said, “A meeting open to the public beginning at 6pm at the St Paul’s Centennial Hall will provide people a chance to hear details about the Pre-Budget Report, and, ask questions about the Government’s upcoming 2018/2019 Budget.

“The Premier and Minister of Finance the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP and the Jr. Minister of Finance the Hon. Wayne Furbert, JP, MP are hosting the meeting, prior to the final process to prepare the Government’s annual Budget.”

The 2018/19 Budget is set to be delivered on February 16th, and will mark the first Budget delivered by the PLP Government following their victory at the polls last year.

The Pre-Budget report follows below [PDF]:

Updated January 31, 1.00pm: The Pre-Budget Slideshow shown at the meeting follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    If only we had a Minister of Finance who knew what he was doing and not asking for advice. This is a pure charade to look as if he is looking for input, but the budget should by now have been been set. First item is get the buses and garbage collections working. The PLP is after all a peoples party aren’t they? Or is the priority to get money to a multi millionaire doctor to keep healthcare costs high?

    • Truth is killin’ me... says:


    • inna says:

      What I want to know is why must the workers use trash compactor trucks for trash pickup? There have to be a few available W&E dump trucks, why can’t those be used? If those are broken down too, then other government ministries should be able to spare a few trucks for the cause!!

      Seems to me like a lot of workers are being paid to do a whole lot of i don’t know what.

      Par for the course at the good old Works and Entertainment, i mean Engineering, department, where one person is working and the rest are entertaining!!

  2. Oh really says:

    Ringmaster I agree. The amount of money they paid the doctor last year out of the tax payers funds could have been used to buy new trash trucks. PLP nothing has changed still following the doctors orders. Had OBA paid that amount of money to a doctor that would have caused all he$$ to break out. Same ole same ole here we go again.

  3. Hey says:

    Empty room

  4. Sandgrownan says:

    We don’t know what to do…..!!

  5. Onion says:

    That was painful to watch. I’m embarrassed for them and afraid we’re headed straight back to bigger deficits and financial hardships.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Looks like one empty room. Nobody cares or they see right through the charade. Nobody’s input means anything. The budget is done. All but gone to press.

  7. Ok says:

    Lol….why is it empty?

  8. Bullwinkle says:

    My taxes pay for buses and trash pick up now…..if your not going to do it…I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
    And…don’t ask for annnnnnny moooorrree….

  9. Res says:

    No shouting and screaming here then !