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The Election and Boundaries Commission’s estimates of recurrent expenditure for the 2015 general election year totals $164.3 million, an increase over its 2013 and 2014 figures. The information is contained in the draft estimates of recurrent expenditure for 2014-2015, one of several documents ac

Maxi taxi operators who purchased 25-seater vehicles in previous years will be getting $35 million in rebates from the 2015 budget, as the People’s Partnership (PP) Government seeks to honour a tax-waiver commitment made by the former People’s National Movement (PNM) administration but which was

Congress of the People supporters are telling their chairman, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, to leave the COP and form a new party, following Saturday’s snub at the party’s eighth anniversary celebrations. Seepersad-Bachan said so two days after being unceremoniously removed from the list of speakers

David Edwards, president of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Commerce, said Government has offered an “election budget full of goodies.” In an initial response to the Finance Minister Larry Howai’s reading of the budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015, Edwards said the organisation was also thankful

South business associations have described the $64.664 billion budget as a “good” fiscal package. However, they are urging the Government to exercise caution on its spending and ensure citizens get value for money so as not to have a repeat of the Life Sport fiasco and fire truck debacle.

Neil Derrick, vice-chairman of the Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA), is concerned about the proposed increase in the minimum wage. He said it may have repercussions on the economy and called for more dialogue on the proposal. Derrick said some pre-budget work done by the ECA, including a

Fixin’ T&T is estimating that, yet again, 50 to 60 per cent of the $64 billion budget will be lost to corruption and inefficiency. “We are reiterating our call for legislation to plug the holes and stop the theft,” it said. The NGO’s head Kirk Waithe spoke to the T&T Guardian outside Parl

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce has said the 2014/15 budget “did not substantially provide any new avenues for truly taking the country to sustained economic growth and prosperity.”

With increased wages there must be increased productivity, the T&T Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) said in its budget response. Noting that the minimum wage will increase by 20 per cent from January, the TTMA said: “We are concerned that, in the absence of a commensurate increase in product

Road safety NGO Arrive Alive has commended Finance Minister Larry Howai for his proposed 50 per cent increase in fines for driving offences. Contacted yesterday, the group’s president Sharon Inglefield said the increase would serve as a greater deterrent to errant drivers and likely reduce reckle