THE EDITOR: I sat in front of my television on Monday and listened attentively to the presentation of the 2019-2020 budget by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert.
I was hoping that the budget would address the issues facing the “small man” on a daily basis and it did. Happy but not surprised.
As a supporter of the ruling party and Government I know that Dr Keith Rowley as our political leader and Prime Minister is an honourable man whose intention is to deliver only what’s best and deserving for the people of TT.
As a resident of the San Fernando West constituency, I was aware, prior to the delivery of the budget, of the many projects planned for the constituency.
The San Fernando waterfront project, the Skinner Park redevelopment project and the housing projects are three that make people like me know that San Fernando under this administration will see better days.
The delivery of the community centre in Springvale, San Fernando, this year, which was stopped in 2010 by the previous administration, has brought much joy to residents in the area.
The budget once more brings hope and relief to the people who I interact with daily: the increase in the minimum wage from $15 to $17.50, the 15 per cent wage increase for CEPEP and URP workers, the ten per cent increase in OJT stipends, the $3,500 pension for daily-paid public service workers, free day care for children of female-headed households, shelter for homeless women, and free LED bulbs for 400,000 households.
The budget has something for everyone. It is a good budget as this Government leads us on the road to economic recovery.