6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. No tax rollback – Shaw
  2. Phillips to address tax measures today
  3. Gov’t could face problems getting Budget approved
  4. PM should clarify NHT remarks
  5. Constitutional crisis looms
  6. Russell appeal hearing to start May 8
Audley Shaw, finance minister

1. No tax rollback – Shaw

Indicating that there will be no rollback of any aspect of the $13.5-billion tax package, Finance Minister Audley Shaw has said he expects no “battle” between the administration and unions representing public-sector workers which have labelled the package “almost criminal”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Phillips to address tax measures today

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips, who described the $13.5 billion tax package imposed by the Government as “devastating”, will today respond in full to the Budget. Phillips will make his presentation to the Budget Debate in Gordon House, perhaps for the last time as opposition spokesman on finance, as he awaits his crowning moment on March 26, when he takes the reins as president of the People’s National Party and subsequently to be designated the leader of the parliamentary Opposition. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Gov’t could face problems getting Budget approved

The Andrew Holness administration could run into difficulties to get parliamentary approval for the budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. That is because of the absence of St Andrew North Western Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, who is ill and overseas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Holness

4. PM should clarify NHT remarks

Former National Housing Trust (NHT) chairman, Howard Mitchell, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness needs to clarify his remarks about the trust being a financial institution. Mitchell says the remarks may cause some confusion about the mandate of the state agency. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Constitutional crisis looms

The Andrew Holness administration could run into difficulties to get parliamentary approval next week for the Budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. That is because of the absence of St Andrew North Western Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, who is ill and undergoing treatment in Miami, Florida. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Russell appeal hearing to start May 8

The Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal will begin the hearing in appeal brought by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) over the one-year sentence handed down to Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell on Monday May 8. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.