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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2021. 1:15 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: One of the signature promises of the People’s United Party’s #planBelize was an increase in the minimum wage for workers to five dollars an hour.

Some have been counting on that increase and are disappointed it hasn’t happened yet; others are mocking the Party for not immediately fulfilling that promise.

In September during its presentation on women and families, it said it would specifically target women as the drivers of the economic engine.

But in case you’ve forgotten, says Prime Minister John Briceno, Belize can barely pay wages as it is, never mind increase them.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he said, “Remember, we have a five-year plan and you can’t expect us to implement the entire plan in a hundred days. I mean there are a number of things that we have to do but the first thing we have to do within the first hundred days is to address the financial crisis that the country is right now and to see how is it that we can correct it and once we correct that and have the economy going once again, we’ll be able to do everything and more than what we promised.”

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