Nearly $4 million as a bonus to civil servants, medical cannabis oil gets the green light, a report on the PR points system, and a dump solution is promised shovel-ready by 2017.
Premier Alden McLaughlin outlined a slate of new initiatives during the final budget policy statement of this term. He also gave updates on works in progress, calling the PPM’s list of achievements in three years an “impressive resume.”
“Without question, Cayman is in a much better position than when we assumed office three years ago,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
He told the chamber he credits his administration’s prudent money management for generating almost $400 million in surpluses over the last three budgets, $3.7 million of that, he announced, is going to a one-time gratuity payment to all civil servants.
“Government is persuaded that it is better to favor hope and compassion over fear,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
Calling it a matter of urgency, the premier announced an about-face of sorts on medical cannabis oil.
“Cabinet has issued instructions to the legal department to draft a bill that will allow medical doctors to prescribe cannibanoid oil to patients who may benefit,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
The premier told the chamber a new and thorough report on immigration law was delivered by the firm Ritch and Connolly. Could a solution be in the cards for the country’s growing PR application backlog?
“Once an analysis of the report has been done, I expect to be able to make a statement with respect to this matter later in this meeting of the house,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
And while the premier admits a solution won’t be in place for the dump by the end of this term, he promised shovels in the ground by next year.
The path we are on is the closest the country has ever been to having a waste management solution, that will not only solve the problem of what we now call Mount Trashmore, but will ensure that there are no more Mount Trashmores.
While the country’s attention shifts to the 2017 elections, less than a year away, Mr. McLaughlin says his administration is determined to finish what it started.
The premier acknowledged the defections of Anthony Eden, Alva Suckoo, and Winston Connolly, who left government to become Independent members. This reduction in the majority, Mr. Mclaughlin said, reduced his majority and created some delays in the budget-making process.