SENATORS CONSIDERS A BILL THAT SECURES A BALANCED BUDGET FOR FY 2017

ST. THOMAS- Members of the 31st Legislature, led by Sen. Neville James, convened in the third day of Legislative Session at the Capitol Building on Thursday, to vote on several measures including Bill No. 31-0447 to authorize the issuance of bonds to achieve a balanced budget for the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.

“Today this institution has to determine the measure that will affect the budget for FY 2017. This includes passing a balanced budget that will affect all branches of the Government of the Virgin Islands,” said Sen. James. “If the budget is not passed, lawmakers will be dealing with an unbalanced budget and that is not good.”

SENATE APPROVES BUDGET BILLS AND DISCUSSES $430M BOND MEASURE

ST.THOMAS—Members of the 31st Legislature rose out of recess Wednesday evening at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, and reconvened the Session where they approved 28 budget bills that were previously vetted; 25 were unanimously approved.

“It’s important that we all support these measures,” said Sen. Kurt A. Vialet. “It is going to provide the necessary funding for the government of the Virgin Islands.”

“We tried to make the point that we will be able to sustain the raises, that we’ll be able to keep people on the payroll and that we’ll be able to fill vacant positions, especially for those entities that provide monies to the government of the Virgin Islands,” he said.

LEGIT Livestreaming Channel Temporarily Rerouted

St. Croix--Due to technical issues the Virgin Islands Legislature’s internet Livestream Channel is down; however, internet streaming has been temporarily rerouted to the following link: https://ww.youtube.com/watch?v=HBoxeLe9gi4L .We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Meetings can also be viewed on Innovative Channel 5 on St. Thomas and St. Croix and listened to on radio stations: WIUJ 102.9 FM and WVXE 91.9 FM.