Opposition abstains, but Budget still passes in the House

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Opposition abstains, but Budget still passes in the House

As expected, the Opposition United National Congress did not support the 2021/2022 Budget, but that did not stop it being passed in the House of Representatives last evening.

It was passed with a vote of 22 for, none against and 17 abstentions.

In a news release the UNC said: “The Opposition does not support the oppressive proposals that the PNM plans to administer such as the property tax, which will increase the hardship the population is already facing. We are mindful that this Budget also allocates funding for salaries for teachers, policemen and women, our healthcare workers, Covid relief and other critical areas, and in this regard, we did not wish to register a “no” vote.”

The party’s release added, Government “shamelessly collapsed the Budget debate to avoid accounting for the billions already spent, and the over $50 billion in the 2022 Budget”.

The Senate will now debate the budget, starting next week.