Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018. 9:44 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday, members of Parliament debated on the 2018-2019 Budget as presented by the Government of Belize.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented the Budget for the new fiscal year under the theme “ Maintaining Steadiness; Consolidating Stability; Advancing Growth”.
Opposition Leader, John Briceno responded to Barrow’s budget presentation saying that Belize is in crisis: “Violence has overtaken the Southside of Belize City and crime is rampant in every municipality in our nation. Our national hospital has been so neglected that the roof is literally falling down, we are a nation on the edge. This budget can best be described as empty, hollow, devoid of any creativity.”
Briceno referred to the government as being ‘void’ of any real ideas to generate earnings through economic growth.
“And at 0.5% growth after a year of negative 0.5% growth is no real growth at all. I say again this budget is a fallacy. What Belizeans are feeling is no retreat on crimes, no retreat on taxation, no retreat on poverty, no retreat on neglect. No retreat from the crippling national debt, no retreat from the poor quality of life for average Belizeans. Rather than optimism Belizeans will tell you that things dread under the red,” Briceno alluded.
Briceno also told Barrow that his government is less concerned about the betterment of Belize and if he is tired, then he should ‘quit’.
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