Coalition to meet on budget, governing programPOSTED: 02/28/11 12:13 PM
St. Maarten – Budget 2011 and the Governing Program 2010 – 2014 are agenda points for a coalition meeting of the United People’s (UP) Party and the Democratic Party (D.P) that will be held on Tuesday. D.P faction leader in Parliament Roy Marlin announced the meeting and the two agenda points in response to questions from Eddie Williams during Sunday’s For the Record on Radio Soualiga 99.9 Choice F.M.
The meeting was set for an earlier occasion but had to be put off because several key players like the Finance Minister would not be available for the gathering. Parties have now agreed concretely on Tuesday.
Marlin said he will use Tuesday’s meeting to get a specific grasp of the “crux of the discussion with the Cft on the perceived deficit” and the measures the Council of Ministers want to introduce. Like others within the coalition he goes into the meeting in full agreement that there were unanticipated expenses that now have to be covered.
“For example the plans of approach weren’t finalized until September and those create some additional expenses that weren’t budgeted for but must be covered. This includes some investments, especially in justice,” Marlin said.
Marlin agrees it is important to finish the governing programme, “even if it’s just a one page document” so the parties in the government know exactly what tune they are playing. That knowledge is key when parties form a coalition.
“When parties form a government it is because you want to play a certain tune and while you have to take all concerns into consideration the implementation have to be your program,” Marlin said.
The MP is sure that the coalition will last the full four years of this governing term and has committed to ensuring that happens. He also asserted that the UP and DP had come together because they had more common basis to do so.
“I will do what I have to do to keep this coalition going because we also have to consider what changing the government will mean for our policies,” Marlin said.
The D.P. faction leader has also gone on record that the pressing issues at this time are creating a better understanding of what came with 10-10-10, a better understanding of the budgetary process, a better understanding of the country’s labor laws and a better understanding of what government can and cannot do and how far government can go in intervening in public/private disputes.