Portia, Richer Than President Obama? PNP Ministers Salary Leaked

No wonder why they say Portia Simpson Miller is more richer than the U.S President Barack Obama. Sounds totally absurd right?

See what ministers of Jamaica payrolls are like. You will be stunned after reading this article.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has in her office at Jamaica House in the region of 15 Ministers, Advisors, Consultants, and Assistants costing Taxpayers around or well over $60 million per annum, making her the most expensive Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history.

The Prime Minister, her Ministers and Advisors and Consultants are also the highest paid in Jamaica’s history, despite presiding over an economy in limbo and a nation buckling under the strain of immense poverty with 50% or half of it’s schoolchildren classified as poor.

 
 

Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Sports

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus allowance of around JA$900,000 per year + Government Vehicle entitlement

 
 

Hon. Sandrea Falconer, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus allowance of around JA$900,000 per year + Government Vehicle entitlement

 
 

Burchell Whiteman, former General Secretary of the PNP and MP

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 
 

Mr. Luther ‘Bollo’ Buchanan, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for No One Knows

SALARY + Allowance: JA$5 million (Estimate) + Government Vehicle entitlement

 
 

Delano Franklyn, former PNP Candidate/ former PJ Patterson Advisor/ Head of Michael Manley Foundation

SALARY: JA$5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 
 

Carlton Davies, former Cabinet Secretary and brother of Dr. Omar Davies

SALARY: JA$4.7 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 
 

Deborah Hickling, Team Portia loyalist

SALARY: JA$4.5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 
 

Pamella Redwood, Team Portia Loyalist

SALARY: JA$2.5 million (Estimate) plus traveling/ gas money allowance

 
 

Dollis Campbell, Portia loyalist

SALARY: JA$3 million (Estimate) plus traveling/ gas money allowance

 
 

Several other Advisors and Assistants are on the payroll adding several more millions dollars. 

Incidentally, Public Sector workers longing for wage increases were told by Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips in his budget presentation more than two months ago that, “it mek no sense to raid an empty shop”, in clear reference to the serious economic difficulties.

Today, Dr. Phillips has 12 Advisors/ Consultants and Assistants on the payroll, twice that of former Minister of Finance Audley Shaw.

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had one Advisor, one Consultant and 4 Assistants, most with salaries far below the lofty salaries above.

Bruce Golding

In April 2009 in solidarity with the harsh economic times then Mr. Golding took a 15% cut in salary with Government MPs taking a 10% cut. Then Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller refused to take a pay cut and her Opposition colleague MPs equally refused.

With media and civil society largely quiet most Jamaicans probably don’t know that since the change of administration just over seven months ago the Net International Reserves (NIR) had collapsed by US$600 million moving from about US$2 billion to US$1.4 billion.

But they should know that after the previous government kept the exchange rate stable for two years, since the change of government, the dollar has galloped from US$1 to J$90 coming from US$1 to J$86.30.

They should know that inflation is rising from single digits to double digits; interest rates no longer look stable and business and consumer confidence at all time lows.

Beyond that an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in limbo, with the driver Prime Minister Simpson-Miller leaving Jamaica comfortably parked on a train track unable to state clearly to the passengers where it is she is taking us.