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‘No budget talks till after municipals” says PM Barrow

Posted: Sunday, Feb 25, 2018. 9:52 AM. CST.

By BBN Staff: Prime Minister Dean Barrow said publicly this week that he will not be discussing the upcoming national budget before the March 7 municipal elections.

Barrow, in an interview with Channel 5, said that the nation will have to wait for March 9, the date when he is to present the budget at the National Assembly.

” I’ve been so caught up with what’s happening in terms of March seventh, that I haven’t yet been able to go over all the numbers with the Financial Secretary,” Barrow said.

The Opposition People’s United Party has criticized the Barrow administration heavily over the years for both the content and the preparation of the budget. Breaking Belize News confirms that Barrow has not met personally with any representatives from the private sector in consultation for the budget and that the Financial Secretary has had no meaningful dialogue with the sector either.

Critics have accused Barrow of not wanting to talk about the budget before the election because it may contain introductions of new taxes which could hurt the United Democratic Party’s position at the polls come March 7.

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