Senate Approves 2019-20 Budget


The Senate this afternoon approved the appropriations bill which outlines the Government’s spending plan for this fiscal year.

Acting Government Senate Leader, Pearnel Charles Junior, opened debate on the bill. He argued that the Government has tabled a budget before the Parliament which seeks to facilitate an expansion in the current economic growth figures.

Senator Charles says the growth numbers are in need of improvement but are encouraging.

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Senator Charles says the budget shows that the Government is prioritizing provision for society’s most vulnerable.

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Opposition Senate Leader, Donna Scott Mottley, questioned whether the $14-billion tax cuts announced by the Holness-administration will make the lives of the people better.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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