TOP NEWS | Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Budget offers little relief

Deficit projections way off target

With Government’s deficit predictions for 2008 going haywire, Finance Minister Tonio Fenech yesterday shifted the 2010 self-imposed target to have a surplus budget by one year. >>

Balanced budget target postponed to 2011

Charlot Zahra
Government has abandoned its long-vaunted objective of achieving a balanced budget by 2010, and is instead aiming for a balanced budget the year after. >>

No reduction in top income tax rate

Budget fails Opposition’s litmus test

The middle class pays for it once again – Vince Farrugia

Higher excise on alcohol dampens party spirit

Gonzi’s mantra: from ‘safe hands’ to ‘feet on the ground’

Government to pocket €8m more from car tax

Energy tariffs overshadow budget plus sides - Arnold Cassola

Unions at loggerheads over effects of Budget 2009

Sarkozy, Brown push for overhaul of global financial system

More pressure on ECB, Bank of England to cut interest rates

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