THE BUDGET GOES LIVE - GLEANER BREAKS NEW GROUND IN TRANSPARENCY
The minister of finance will today table the Estimates of Expenditure in Parliament setting out budgetary spending priorities for this fiscal year.
It's a voluminous and complex document that is often difficult to acquire and can be daunting to peruse.
But not this year.
On Friday, in a groundbreaking move, The Gleaner will make the Budget available to anyone - whether you are a college or high school student, a businessman or academic, farmer or office worker - and we are doing it with no strings attached.
All that's required is that you have access to the Internet.
You'll find the Budget online at http://go-jamaica.com/budget2012/
It will be there no matter how early you rise on Friday. And, we're making it easy for you to manipulate.
You can leisurely flip through the pages as you would with the physical Budget or search for particular content of interest.
The online version will maintain the formatting of the physical document, and even the least computer-savvy will find it easy to use.
Placing the Budget online has never been done in Jamaica before.
In this the country's 50th anniversary of Independence, it's The Gleaner's way of renewing its vows to Jamaicans as a news organisation dedicated to transparency in governance and fidelity to informing its reading public.
And we plan to do it every year.
Again, the link to the Budget is: http://go-jamaica.com/budget2012/
Want to know more about this historic move? Contact: Lavern Clarke, business editor, 922-3400.