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Halkitis Accuses Govt Of Firing Plp Supporters

FORMER State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis speaks at the PLP rally.

FORMER State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis speaks at the PLP rally.

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Deputy Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

FORMER State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis accused the Minnis administration of firing Progressive Liberal Party supporters, telling those gathered at a PLP rally it appeared to him the government allocated more than $26 million for new hires in the 2018-2019 budget.

Mr Halkitis further accused the government of not fully disclosing the country’s financial picture.

“The FNM. . .said that the PLP bloated the public service by hiring too many Bahamians and that they, the FNM had to send people home because there was no money to pay them,” the former Golden Isles MP said at a party event on Thursday night.

“I can say this: under our watch the people were being paid. But what makes this (accusation) even more egregious and terrible is that the FNM, from what I have seen, they have put at least $26.5m in this budget to hire people. So they fire people saying there is no money to pay them, but yet they have money in this budget to hire people to the tune of at least $26.5m.

“So what they have done is fire people who they think support the PLP and have our money, our tax payers money in this budget to hire who they gonna hire.”

He continued: “The FNM . . . said that the PLP mismanaged the finances of the country and that the county was broke and on the verge of a cliff.

“Yet they were immediately able to borrow $722m locally and then shortly thereafter were able to raise $750m in the international market.

“The minister of finance came home and said that the bond issue was over subscribed so much it was received so well, so many people wanted to buy the bonds that he thought that could lead to an upgraded credit rating.

“Who lends money to a broke country that is on the verge of falling over a cliff?”

He further questioned the government’s repayment schedule of $360m, what the government has said was unbudgeted commitments left behind by the former government.

“Today in this budget we have to pay $108m more just in interest, $381m in interest whereas last year the amount was $273m. So because of their borrowing what they have done in the last year we are stuck with $108m more in interest.

“The FNM said there would be no more carrying over of bills into future years. They say that they will pay off all the bills in the current year, but not even a year later after saying that they would no longer carry over bills in future years the minister of finance said he has found mysteriously another $360m in bills but unlike that $400m in supposedly PLP bills what he plans to do is pay off this $360m in three years.

“So after that long speech in last year’s budget about how they are paying off old bills and stopping this practise of carrying over bills here he is spreading $360m over three years.”

Mr Turnquest, at the start of the 2018/2019 budget debate, touted the Minnis administration’s lowering of the wage bill and the purchase of goods and services by a projected $120m - along with a $351m deficit reduction, but he sought to justify raising VAT to 12 per cent by saying there was an urgent need to pay off a “mountain” of arrears and unbudgeted commitments totalling some $360m left behind by the former administration.

Mr Turnquest said this fiscal irresponsibility of the Christie administration inflicted damage on the state of the economy, making the Minnis administration’s task all the more difficult.

Comments

birdiestrachan 5 months, 1 week ago

Mr: Halkitis Put the brain of Mr Turnquest and Mr: Johnson together and it will not measure up to half of yours. They just blunder along and lie to the Bahamian people. and they seem to be happy with themselves. They live in a fools paradise.

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concernedcitizen 5 months, 1 week ago

you must of be carting money out of BOB too

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licks2 5 months, 1 week ago

Probably getting nothing such as plenty money. . .that one only need lil bit of chicken feed to support that party. . .heck iffin they get nothing. . .absolutely nothing. . .its PLP all the way. . .any day. . .all day. . .every day!!

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Honestman 5 months, 1 week ago

And Birdie - by your comments you have a brain half the size of a lemon! Halkitis was an absolute disaster in government.

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sheeprunner12 5 months, 1 week ago

HALKITIS SHOULD HAVE A PERSONAL CELL IN FOX HILL WITH HIS NAME ON IT.

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Alex_Charles 5 months, 1 week ago

"Mr Halkitis further accused the government of not fully disclosing the country’s financial picture"

You did the exact same thing you wanker! You and Christie practiced voodoo economics and tanked this country, now you have the balls to show your droopy neck fat in public again? FOH

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bogart 5 months, 1 week ago

..disappointed in antics of dis one certified accounyant as previous state Minister of Finance whose antics ..?led to never before magnitude...of historical defeat.?one side winning 35 seats.....and vaporizine official Opposition to only 4 seats....professional accounting...not only lost it so big time ...but comdemned people to 4 opposition seats....how could you??????

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geostorm 5 months, 1 week ago

Halkitis please stop playing politics. I thought you were bigger than that.

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licks2 5 months, 1 week ago

I am sorry for the low that party has turn some people to. . .this man knows that his party has brought politics to a new low and deeper if there was such a thing. I thought. . .homeboy why you have to tell such dumb lies. . .please give us something better for the future!

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