Jude Bissoon

HEALTHY CHOICE: Vendor Jude Bissoon sells a pineapple and watermelon to Lu Ann Lewis on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

AS THE countdown to Monday’s budget day presentation by Finance Minister Colm Imbert intensifies, Port of Spain vendors and Charlotte Street shoppers said they are hoping for a drastic reduction in food prices and an increase in minimum wage to about $18 or $20 an hour.

Several pensioners said they would like an increase in their pensions. While some people are also clamouring for houses, others are hoping there would not be an increase in gas prices. The consensus among people was they were disgusted with escalating crime. The population is also expecting local government and general election dates to be announced soon.

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