Health, welfare largest increase, Tourism biggest cut in budget

(TDH) – PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Health, Social Development and Labour has been allocated the largest increase in the draft 2013 budget. The ministry receives a NAf. 16.3 million increase in its budgetary allocation compared to 2012. The ministry’s budget stands at NAf. 77.8 million, up from NAf. 61.5 million.

The ministry is expected to see a drop in income of some NAf. 3.6 million this year. It is the only ministry with a projected decrease in income, according to the copy of the draft budget available to the public on Parliament’s website: http://www.sxmparliament.org. The ministry saw an income of NAf. 10.9 million last year. Income for this year is projected at NAf. 7.2 million.

The country budget stands at NAf. 457,874,400 – an increase of NAf 25.3 million in comparison to last year. The budget is presented as balanced and has received a positive advice from the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports was allocated the largest slice of the budget. The ministry gets NAf. 123.1 million, an increase of NAf. 12.3 million from last year. The ministry should see an income of some one million guilders.

In contrast, the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication saw the biggest cut to its budget for 2013. The ministry loses NAf. 2.2 million. A total of roughly NAf. 28 million has been allocated to the ministry, down from NAf. 30.3 last year. The ministry is projected to bring in NAf. 47.5 million in income, a growth of NAf. 4.7 million.

The Finance Ministry’s budget has been cut by NAf. 1.5 million, putting its allocation at NAf. 41.6 million for this year, compared to NAf. 43.1 million last year. The ministry is forecast to bring in an income of NAf. 392.8 million, an increase of NAf. 22.8 million over 2012.

The Ministry of Justice also saw a cut to its budget; NAf. 66.9 million has been allocated to the ministry, a decrease of NAf. 520,900 compared to last year. The ministry is expected to generate NAf. 728,000 in income, an increase of NAf. 400,000 from 2012.

The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure received an allocation of NAf. 34,485,200 for this year, an increase of NAf. 7,000 from last year. This ministry is expected to see an income of NAf. 4.9 million, same as last year.

Ministry of General Affairs received an allocation of NAf. 69.0 million, a decrease of NAf. 331,600 from last year. The ministry is expected to bring in an income of NAf. 3.5 million the same as 2012.

Parliament and the Councils of State will receive NAf. 16.7 million, up from NAf. 15.4 million in 2012. No income is expected.

The budget debate in the Central Committee of Parliament is expected to start in April.

The country budget has been available for the first time to the public on the internet. President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel took the initiative to have the draft budget placed online to give the public an opportunity to review it at the same time as Members of Parliament, according to a Parliament release.

The budget can be downloaded from Parliament’s website under the link “Draft Budget 2013 Document.”

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