Public Invited: Pre-Budget Meeting On Tuesday

January 29, 2018 | 16 Comments

Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt and Junior Minister of Finance Wayne Furbert held a meeting with with Public Officers today [Jan 29] to discuss the upcoming Budget, and will be holding a ‘Pre-Budget’ public meeting at 6.00pm tomorrow at St. Paul Centennial Hall.

A Government spokesperson said, “The public is invited to attend a meeting to discuss the Pre-Budget Report on Tuesday 30 January at 6pm in the St. Paul Centennial Hall.

“Following a brief presentation attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt and Junior Minister of Finance Wayne Furbert.

The Premier and Junior Minister meeting with Public Officers today:

PreBudget Bermuda Jan 29 2018 (1)

“The Pre-Budget Report provides some insight into Government’s plans for the next fiscal year, which will be expanded in the annual Budget Statement which Premier Burt will deliver to the House of Assembly on 16 February.

“Today at 12 noon, the Premier and Junior Minister hosted a meeting with Public Officers, outlining the proposed plans for the Pre-budget and answered questions.

“Those unable to attend tomorrow’s public meeting can send their comments and suggestions to openbudget@gov.bm,” the Government noted, and on a related note for those that cannot make it in person, Bernews will be live streaming tomorrow’s meeting online.

The Premier and Junior Minister meeting with Public Officers today:

PreBudget Bermuda Jan 29 2018 (2)

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 are some of the initiatives being considered for the 2018 Budget, which is set to be delivered on February 16th.

These were detailed in the previously released 35-page Pre-Budget Report [which is below] that explained some of the considerations for inclusion in this year’s budget.

The report noted that the policy options listed “are for discussion purposes and that no decisions on any of the above for the 2018/19 budget have been made,” and they welcome feedback, as they “look to involve as many as possible in the Open Budgeting Process.”

The Pre-Budget report follows below [PDF]:

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  1. Never would have got this from the last Dictatorship party.

    • Lol says:

      None of this at all just do as I say attitude they gave us. But these trolls never see that nor did they ever see any of the foolishness the OBA did because it didn’t affect their ppl. There I said it…

    • Youranorc says:

      You wouldn’t know dictatorship if it had to decieve you.

  2. Zevon says:

    The trash wasn’t picked up today. AGAIN.

  3. Me says:

    Wayne and mr B please stop spending fullstop

  4. lalaland says:

    history will repeat itself again! then maybe the 24-12 wont mean a thing

  5. Investigate says:

    Compare the statement in para 2 on page 2 with the graph on page 10. That will show you all you need to know about what a bad job the PLP did last time, what a good job the OBA did in just 4 years, and the spin the current Government is putting on those numbers. A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Nothing really changes. They are still trying to blame their ineptness on “external forces”.

    • Athena says:

      Totally agree with Investigate’s comments.

      We are paying out far too much for a government that hasn’t a clue and is looking to the public for ideas.

  6. frank says:

    maybe a public private partnership could be formed to get some much needed buses just a thought

  7. Lol says:

    Love the OBA troll tears….

  8. whip lash says:

    Hes my puppet!

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    Bermuda needs to get with it like so many towns with a similar sized population & privatise public transport & sanitation. Government is supposed to be looking out for the best interests of all the taxpayers & provide services in the most cost effective manner possible. Transport, sanitation, works are not supposed to be make work organisations for people who would otherwise be unemployable.

    These services could be provided at less cost & far more reliable than they have been for decades.

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