Finance Minister Colm Imbert is once again hitting back at economists.
Speaking at a PNM rally last evening in Barataria, Minister Imbert says the government has collected more money in tax than initially projected but the economists are not accepting the figures.
Last month, Minister Imbert criticised five economists saying they were unfair and biased when commenting on how the government is managing the economy.
And on the energy front, the Finance Minister says that while gas production is up, the government is yet to see the returns.
The Government will go to the court to seek an interpretation of the law with regards to the decision by the Lakshmi Girls' Hindu School to ask a Muslim on-the-job trainee teacher to remove her hijab when she turned up for employment there.
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia both confirmed that Attorney General Faris Al Rawi will take the matter to court.
Minister Garcia said his ministry has already received a report from the principal of the school.
Economist Indera Sagewan-Alli has thrown out a challenge to Finance Minister Colm Imbert to discuss what the Government is doing with regards to growth of the non-energy sector of the economy.
Her challenge follows the Minister's criticism of her and four other economists in Parliament Friday morning.
The following is Sagewan-Alli's response:
There would not be an increase in the price of gasoline in tomorrow’s mid-year review of the 2018 Budget, Finance Minister Colm Imbert has indicated.
Imbert gave the hint during yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee deliberations.
Prior to tomorrow’s review of how the Budget has worked - and will be working ahead - the Committee yesterday shifted a total of $796.2 million from the Finance Ministry to supplement and increase the Budgetary appropriation of 18 divisions.
UNC deputy political leader David Lee is accusing finance minister Colm Imbert of misleading the population.
According to the Pointe-a-Pierre MP, the minister's comment that the recent downgrade by Standard and Poor's was as a result of inaccurate data provided by the energy ministry is erroneous.
He says according to a release issued by the international credit rating agency, the company did take into consideration the fact that this country would be experiencing increases in oil and gas production.