What I like about the Government’s Budget
By Glen Smith, One Bermuda Alliance MP, February 25, 2015
The Government’s 2015/16 Budget is a working plan to keep Bermuda moving toward recovery that meets people’s needs and gets government finances back on solid ground.
It’s a big document that addresses global issues, local economics, the needs of various sectors of our economy and the pressure on government finances.
To simplify my take on the Budget, I read through it marking statements and plans that made sense to me. Here is a partial list of things I marked up:
Appeal to the Public Service
By Government Senator Vic Ball
The Bermuda Trade Union Congress (BTUC) and its members should reconsider the question of whether to agree to one furlough day per month or make some compromise related to the number of furlough days to be considered by its members.
Making Education work for our students
In our public schools today, there are excellent students making great strides forward in their education and achieving top grades in internationally recognized assessments. We have great principals and teachers who go above and beyond to ensure their students achieve to the best of their abilities. We have committed parents and families who are engaged with their children’s education. We are the only public school system in the world fully using the world renowned Cambridge curriculum. There are, however, students who are not achieving, parents who could be more engaged and other longstanding issues that have been a disservice to our students and community for far too long.
Senior care: I have confidence in NOSPC
By Jeanne Atherden
Minister of Health, Seniors and the Environment
There has been a series of articles in the press this week highlighting concerns about the care provided to seniors. While I don’t agree with all of the information presented in the articles, I am sure that for the people involved, the events were terribly traumatic and that they understandably feel they were not adequately served.