6 Things You Need To Know Today – April 4, 2014

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  1. $539.3B Budget – Government Tables Marginally Increased Estimates of Expenditure For New Fiscal Year. Debt and public-sector wages are to account for nearly 70 per cent of the $539.3-billion Budget which was tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives by finance minister Dr Peter Phillips… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Lawmakers To Be Kept Busy This Year. Lawmakers should be kept busy in the new legislative year with several pieces of legislation, some in gestation for extended periods, to be tabled for deliberation and passage… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Taxpayers Keep Loss-making Entities Afloat. Jamaican taxpayers will continue to provide huge subsidies to keep at least three of the country’s major state-owned entities afloat as they project significant losses in the 2014-2015 financial year… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Kartel Won’t Record In Prison. Convicted dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel has no plans to record music while he is serving his 35-year prison sentence… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. BOJ To Give Credit Unions Special Treatment – Minimum Cap Issue Outstanding But Regulatory Fight Settled. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) said Tuesday that it views the credit union sector as differing significantly from other deposit-taking institutions currently under its supervision, and will not impose a one-size-fits-all set of regulations on the discrete group… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Slow Batting, Rain End WI’s Title Hopes. Sri Lanka entered the World Twenty20 (T20) final for a third time when they beat defending champions West Indies by 27 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method yesterday after rain ended the semi-final early… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com