The Government has raised the price of super gasoline by $1.
The announcement was part of several measures outlined in the 2018/2019 Budget read by Finance Minister Colm Imbert today.
The Budget was entitled "A Genuine Economic Turnaround".
The following are some of the Budget highlights:
Estimated Revenue: $47.724 billion
Estimated Expenditure: $51.776 billion
Estimated oil price: US$65/barrel
Estimated gas price: US2.75/mmbtu
Members of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and an individual citizen are currently outside the Parliament with their messages ahead of the reading of the Budget today.
At a time when the country is engrossed in the possible fallout of the Petrotrin refinery closure, comes word that monthly salaries at the state-run Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) run at more than $91 million. This pays some 5,150 permanent employees and means in one year the authority spends over $1.1 billion in salaries alone.
WASA chairman Romney Thomas gave those figures in response to questions from the Sunday Guardian about the authority’s wage bill.
“Average monthly salary and wages $91.475m,” Thomas wrote via Whatsapp.
Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Trade Union (SWWTU) president Michael Annisette has proposed that Government send home 675 of the Port of Port-of-Spain’s 1,500 workers to save the state enterprise from going belly up.
The workers to face the axe will be from across the board, Annisette said, as he called on Government and the Port Authority of T&T (PATT) board to meet immediately with the union to come up with a retrenchment exercise and payment plan for the affected workers.
Citizens will soon be able to complete applications for State land online.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat made the announcement Friday during a brief ceremony to launch the Ministry’s new website at its Chaguanas head office.
The website, which lives at www.agriculture.gov.tt, is part of a wider strategy to move beyond the delivery of services via the ministry’s regional offices and serve stakeholders wherever they are.
The big picture: a total of 4,700 permanent and non-permanent Petrotrin workers will be affected by the refinery’s closure looming ahead.
Energy Minister Franklin yesterday told Parliament that 3,500 permanent workers plus 1,200 non-permanent workers will be affected by the Government’s planned closure of the refinery in two weeks.
Khan gave the overall total in response to questions by UNC MP Rudy Indarsingh. Khan’s figures are the latest total tally of workers to be affected by the plan.
The Government is condemning what is says is a racist comment made by the Opposition Leader.
The comment is alleged to have been said at a public meeting on Monday.
The following statement came from the Ministry of Communications on Tuesday.
"On Monday 10 September, 2018, on a public platform, the Leader of the Opposition, Mrs Kamla Persad Bissesar, attacked the Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley in a despicable and nakedly racist manner by calling him an “Oreo”.
Minister of Public Administration, Marlene McDonald is thanking the thousands of public officers who turned out to work today to ensure their offices were operational.
A statement by the ministry said that there was a 98 percent attendance at the Ministries of Public Administration and Communications.
It said similar numbers were recorded across the public service, despite calls for a day of rest and reflection.