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Mia calls for spending probe

Mike King

Mia calls for spending probe

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CONCERNED?ABOUT the “runaway train of spending”, former Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has called on Members of Parliament to investigate the issue of transfers and subsidies through a parliamentary select committee.
Speaking at a St Michael South meeting of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at Bay Primary School last night, Mottley said she was concerned that expenditure had risen by 64 per cent in the last six years, as compared to wages rising by 33 per cent in the Public Service.
The longstanding MP for St Michael North East said once the committee had finished investigating, it should report back to the House of Assembly no later than the first week of January.
“Once that is done, Government can take the corrective steps before they prepare the next Estimates in Parliament at the beginning of March.
“If they don’t do that; if they don’t decide how they are going to curb that rate of expenditure, then what comes to Parliament in March commits us to another year of a runaway train.
“Barbados is in a perilous state and all of us who can make a difference to bring us back from the edge have to stand up and be counted in this country,” said Mottley, who added that the time had come to ask for a national consensus.
Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION.