Opposition parties in Parliament: “Savings inconsistent with surplus”
WILLEMSTAD – During the first debate on the 2016 budget of the government of Curaçao, members of the opposition indicated that it is contradictory that austerity measures are implemented, while there is a budget surplus.
Independent MPs, Omayra Leeflan and Marilyn Moses as well as MAN MP, Charles Cooper asked the Minister of Finance about this apparent contradiction. Leeflang also asked why the government received less tax revenue, was spending money and still has money left. “Why is that?”
According to Cooper, the Minister does not think about the people in need. “He could easily be the head of the agriculture department. “E ta traha dam, warda awa. He built a dam to catch water for tomorrow. (This is a popular local saying meaning that he saves, thinking about tomorrow). The 2015 budget will end with a surplus. I think it is also expected that the 2016 budget will close with a surplus. The implementation of cost-cutting measures is therefore contradictory,” said the opposition MP.