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Budget Statement 2012
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Budget Statement 2012

Heckles in Tower D
AS Finance Minister Winston Dookeran read Budget 2011/2012, the Opposition bench quips were probably no worse than on prior sittings in the Red House, but the small size of the new parliamentary chamber in Tower D of the International Waterfront Centre meant the tiniest comment was heard by all, exaggerating the impact of the "offence".

Minimum viewing space in gallery

$3,000 Pension: Benefits for retirees, homeowners, disabled
People who receive National Insurance pensions, prospective homeowners, the disabled and national security officers are the big winners in Finance Minister Winston Dookeran's $54.6 billion budget which was presented in the new Waterfront Parliament yesterday.

Rowley: Budget filled with deceit

Rowley: Govt silent on revenue

PM defends deficit

...Kamla: $7 billion deficit is okay
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was unfazed by the $7 billion deficit in Budget 2011/2012, saying this was an okay price to pay for spurring growth, speaking to reporters after the Budget yesterday at Tower D of the International Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain.

Jack unhappy with Works $
WORKS and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner yesterday said he was unhappy with funds his ministry was allocated in the 2012 Budget. However Warner said he has no choice but to make those funds work.

Dookeran: Investor confidence up

An optimistic budget for sure
In his presentation of the budget for the 2012 fiscal year, Minister of Finance Winston Dookeran attempts to lay the foundation for the Trinidad and Tobago economy in the medium term but, in doing so, the country may be exposed to some significant downside risks if the world economy continues to slow as has been widely predicted.

London: No emotion on THA $2B

... 'Nothing generous about Tobago allocation'

Govt to look out for GATE abuse

Focus on CNG to reduce fuel subsidies

Gas licences to go up

'Land for the landless'

Farmers: What about us?
Farmers representatives are concerned that this year's Budget has not addressed issues of land tenure, and a dedicated labour plan for the agricultural sector, among other issues.

Hazel Brown happy with NIS amendments

$1,000 more for Prisons, Fire, Defence Force officers

...Protective services happy with $1,000 boost for all

Unions welcome benefits
The Prisons Officers' Association is "extremely" happy that the $1,000 tax-free allowance has been included in the 2011-2012. The association also welcomed the plan for a job evaluation exercise since it would raise the salary levels of prison officers.

Toney willing to serve
Congress of the People Chairman Joseph Toney is "willing to serve" as Chairman of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT).

Girl confesses to poisoning schoolboy
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has confessed to police that she administered a combination of rat poison and other chemicals to ten-year-old schoolboy Anthony Bartholomew outside his Rose Hill RC School last week Monday, because she was fed up with his constant taunts.

More gang suspects freed

MP Douglas before court
MEMBER of Parliament for Lopinot/Bon Air Dr Lincoln Douglas was a bit late yesterday to the 2012 Budget Presentation in the House of Representatives at Tower D of the Port-of-Spain International Waterfront, as he first had to appear in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court for two traffic charges.

Cop sent to jail for questioning magistrate
A police constable was charged with disturbing the court and sent to jail last night, after he questioned a magistrate's sentence imposed on a defendant who had beaten a police officer and damaged his vehicle.

Three years for bribe attempt
ATTEMPTING to bribe his way out of trouble by handing police officers a bag containing $20,000 in cash, cost a father of one, three years in jail.

Sandy: Gun violence due to drug-trafficking, gangs

Gibbs: No need to blame anyone
Collapse of more than 80 gang-related cases

Gibbs: Police learning anti-gang laws
Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs yesterday admitted it would take time for officers to fully understand the anti-gang legislation.

Commissioner Gibbs: Destruction of firearms will put dent in crime

2 murder accused vanish from cell
TWO men arrested and charged with last month's murder of Wayne Carrington in Point Fortin vanished from the holding cell of the Point Fortin Police Station early yesterday.


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