Budget 2019's major highlights

The Government has raised the price of super gasoline by $1.

The announcement was part of several measures outlined in the 2018/2019 Budget read by Finance Minister Colm Imbert today.

The Budget was entitled "A Genuine Economic Turnaround".

The following are some of the Budget highlights:

Estimated Revenue: $47.724 billion

Estimated Expenditure: $51.776 billion

Estimated oil price: US$65/barrel

Estimated gas price: US2.75/mmbtu

WASA $91m a month wage shocker

At a time when the coun­try is en­grossed in the pos­si­ble fall­out of the Petrotrin re­fin­ery clo­sure, comes word that month­ly salaries at the state-run Wa­ter and Sewage Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) run at more than $91 mil­lion. This pays some 5,150 per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees and means in one year the au­thor­i­ty spends over $1.1 bil­lion in salaries alone.

WASA chair­man Rom­ney Thomas gave those fig­ures in re­sponse to ques­tions from the Sun­day Guardian about the au­thor­i­ty’s wage bill.

“Av­er­age month­ly salary and wages $91.475m,” Thomas wrote via What­sapp.

SWWTU tells Gov't to send home 675 port workers

Sea­men and Wa­ter­front Work­ers’ Trade Union (SWW­TU) pres­i­dent Michael An­nisette has pro­posed that Gov­ern­ment send home 675 of the Port of Port-of-Spain’s 1,500 work­ers to save the state en­ter­prise from go­ing bel­ly up.

The work­ers to face the axe will be from across the board, An­nisette said, as he called on Gov­ern­ment and the Port Au­thor­i­ty of T&T (PATT) board to meet im­me­di­ate­ly with the union to come up with a re­trench­ment ex­er­cise and pay­ment plan for the af­fect­ed work­ers.

Applications for state land coming online soon

Citizens will soon be able to complete applications for State land online.

Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat made the announcement Friday during a brief ceremony to launch the Ministry’s new website at its Chaguanas head office.

The website, which lives at, is part of a wider strategy to move beyond the delivery of services via the ministry’s regional offices and serve stakeholders wherever they are.

Khan: 4,700 workers in total to lose jobs

The big pic­ture: a to­tal of 4,700 per­ma­nent and non-per­ma­nent Petrotrin work­ers will be af­fect­ed by the re­fin­ery’s clo­sure loom­ing ahead.

En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin yes­ter­day told Par­lia­ment that 3,500 per­ma­nent work­ers plus 1,200 non-per­ma­nent work­ers will be af­fect­ed by the Gov­ern­ment’s planned clo­sure of the re­fin­ery in two weeks.

Khan gave the over­all to­tal in re­sponse to ques­tions by UNC MP Rudy In­dars­ingh. Khan’s fig­ures are the lat­est to­tal tal­ly of work­ers to be af­fect­ed by the plan.

Gov't condemns alleged 'racist' remark by Opposition Leader

The Government is condemning what is says is a racist comment made by the Opposition Leader.

The comment is alleged to have been said at a public meeting on Monday.

The following statement came from the Ministry of Communications on Tuesday.

"On Monday 10 September, 2018, on a public platform, the Leader of the Opposition, Mrs Kamla Persad Bissesar, attacked the Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley in a despicable and nakedly racist manner by calling him an “Oreo”.

McDonald: 98 percent turnout in Public Service

Minister of Public Administration, Marlene McDonald is thanking the thousands of public officers who turned out to work today to ensure their offices were operational.

A statement by the ministry said that there was a 98 percent attendance at the Ministries of Public Administration and Communications.

It said similar numbers were recorded across the public service, despite calls for a day of rest and reflection.