Mini Budget Day in Barbados

To the observer of the Barbados space post 2018 General Election, there has been non stop activity generated by the newly installed government of Barbados since taking the reins. There is an air of expectancy about what the Prime Minister will convey to citizens.

The unprecedented decision by the government to trigger a selective default has committed Barbadians to travel an uncharted path.

Many Barbadians although discomfited by the state of affairs that will for a long time prevent any reference to Barbados being a model country for others to emulate, appreciate that affirmative action must be taken.

The Barbados brand has received a huge dent!

 

 

 

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ Well Well and Consequences

    Conversely, DO NOT POST AT ALL, to anywhere on any internet. (and make sure to protect your port 9010 against security incursions, trojans and external applications) You would not know about these things but this is the domain that the Honourable Blogmaster has to guard against every day

    You have to adopt an attitude of “he who steals my purse steals trash” and be protective of your ideas.

    Here is another item de ole man just teifed from the internet “…The world’s largest innovators, including Google, Microsoft and Apple, seem to agree.

    During the past six months, these companies have spent more than $18 billion on intellectual property in the voice space alone.

    They’re investing top dollar to ensure that their corporate IP portfolios are diverse, rich in innovation, and allow them to hedge against many possible futures…”

    When your look at this statement of $18 billion something should go off in your head Well Well.

    Here you have white people MAKING SERIOUS INVESTMENTS in the IP portfolios independent of their actual investments in the solutions themselves!!

    Does the rationale of that action sink in for you?

    And the thing is that IT DOES NOT RESONATE WITH ANY OF THE SO CALLED Enterprise Growth Fund or Fund Access agencies which exist in this backwoods Bayou.

    Yet these are the people who are tasked to invest in innovations.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ THe Honourable Blogmaster

    Your assistance please with another item… in suspense

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  • Bushie and Isly gotma, er, bawlinnn

    Idiot who quite obviously has not read a book for more than forty years hasan opinion. Here dat pinyun …

    “What about the other side of the argument? The affordability factor for government. The two sides must mesh to determine a practical result?”

    Davy ya gotma … baw … linn. What lil hebrew boy what?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David June 12, 2018 12:26 PM

    Here is the other side of the affordability argument:

    For every potential (and academically eligible) Bajan student who fails to enroll at the Cave Hill campus the unit cost of operations for those students who can afford to pay tuition fees rises significantly.

    Low or reduced enrolment numbers result in reduced amounts of economic costs contributed by the GoB to the overall revenue pool of the Campus.

    Less students enrolling at Cave Hill will result in sharp and, most likely, unaffordable increases in operating cost per student, given the massive overheads/fixed costs existing at that rapidly expanded behemoth with its unproductive erection(s)dedicated to the screwing of the Bajan taxpayers by Bushie’s main man Sir Hilary B.

    Many of the courses/programmes offered by the Cave Hill campus are not commercially self-financing and, therefore, must rely heavily on high enrolment numbers to justify their presence to attract funding from the local taxpayers’ coffers.

    How else can Cave Hill survive as teaching institution unless the local taxpayers can be convinced that it is a worthwhile investment in the country’s youth?

    So the equation remains the same: No government subsidies with fewer student enrolling equals NO Cave Hill in the medium to long-term.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal

    Double standards all around. We have a blogmaster that calls anybody disagreeing with him a Jack Ass. One regular contributor cuss everybody on this blog as we say: “black as white”; we have a white QC who skin his backside at a black female judicial officer. Now all of a sudden we playing because a woman and she boss had a little flare up with a cuss word , she must be banished form the Senate. Dont worry with them Hal -they are a bundle of pathetic hypocrites.

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  • William,

    I can more than handle that. It is child’s play to me.

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah RIght

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    @ 12.29 today you commented that it appeared to you that the LoO was in fact repeating what is mentioned at length here on BU.

    Certainly, as the man who sees ALL THE HITS OF THIS WEBSITE you were saying that to elicit the usual responses and the ole man shall oblige you.

    I fact de ole man shall do a bit better than oblige I shall use de key points from de nation to mek a few responses that the said puppet installation of the LoO might incorporate in his upcoming dialogue to at lease APPEAR TO BE AN OPPOSITION

    “…1.i. Effective July 1, 2018 the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) will be repealed. The Fair Trading Commission will be asked to monitor developments to ensure that retailers reduce their prices appropriately; The Leader of the BLP is tasking one of the most inept organisations in Barbados , THE FTC, an entity which cannot even determine if LIME overcharges the average citizen for its 2 free calls for Directory Assistance, when during a call they purposely provide callers with fax numbers or incorrect numbers, and then levy a fee for the correct number after you exceed the 2 call allowance.

    Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley cannot be serious when in two weeks, the FTC, unlike the Office for Public Counsel, is expected to be proactively monitoring for price gouging, when these FTC fellows, under Sandra Layne DONT EVEN WANT TO LEAVE THE AIRCONDITIONED COMFORT OF Green Hill.

    ii. Effective July 1, 2018 the road tax will be abolished and replaced with a Fuel Tax. The Fuel Tax will be levied at a rate of 40 cents per litre of petrol and diesel and 5 cents per litre on kerosene effective July 1, 2018; So de ole man would ask this question, by what means will the GoB be able to reconcile the monies collected, said 40 cents per litre with the monies that the owners of the Fuel Outlets? so if Esso say dat dem only sell 100 liters at $1 a litre yet dem declare dat dem only sell 50 litres HOW DE EFF dis vodoo mechanism going wuk?

    Or is this jes a way to mek sure dat de fellers who ent get to teif BNOTCL in the OPEN LIGHT OF DAY can continue to teif by night?

    Ohhhhhh de ole man sorry causing Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley did in fact say “You can hide and buy land BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE AND WUK UM”

    I dun comment pun de onerous corporation taxes as being an enemy to encouraging the private sector to assist in the growth of the economy other than to repeat that for any corporation which shows definitively that it has employed new workers continuously for a period of one year proceeding the year being claimed (PAYE and NIS will confirm such) said parties will be entitled to X% direct offset to said percentage increase on corporate taxes

    WITH A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATHER INCENTIVES being accorded companies that are involved in and promote sustainable diversification initiatives

    viii. Effective October 1, 2018 an Airline Travel and Tourism Development tax paid by passengers flying outside of CARICOM of USD$70. Passengers flying within CARICOM will pay US $35. The revenue gain from this measure is $95M, with $75M going to BTMI and BTPI and the remaining $20 million to central Government ; This is bare SHY&&E! This is being punitive to bajans and show the total lack of foresight that this government has as it relates to marketing barbados

    But it also shows how the tourism sector has been cut up for the financial benefit of colleagues of Kerrie Simmonds Oblong Head and his colleagues OF WHO WE CAN BE ASSURED THAT MAM is NOT one, to the tune of $95 million dollars.

    EVEN before he and the rest of them, has/have received his/their first “Minister in the Office of the Minister…” cheques

    You know something though?

    In the face of all the COVENANTED Transparency and Freedom of Information talk this is already panning out to be a major fancy refashioning of the DLP regime that preceded this lot.

    It is not the presence of so called new ideas that are being espoused all over the media withing the last 2 weeks BUT IT IS THE ABSENCE OF SERIOUS DIVERSIFICATION alternatives that start to show how Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley has surrounded herself with the same Brass Bowls of impotent thought

    Steupseee

    I really ent got time to go through all the rest of these Bullshy$e proposals cause it is obvious why the IMF has repeated what it said to the last lot.

    @ the Honourable Prime Minister Mia Mottley…if you stay on this road YOU WILL BE A 5 year Prime Minister

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  • Instead of talking based on feelings. I would like one of the affordability proponents, to gather some info on the changes to the student body since the implementation of UWI tuition fees. Who it affected most, their socio-economic backgrounds etc and what alternatives were available. Public policy is based on feelings.

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  • Is not based on feelings.

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  • Youth ain't all bad.

    Enuff the university I believe or maybe the guild was supposed to have been attempting to gather that data. Whether or not it was actually done or just not made public I do not know. Also the dems are live streaming a response to the budget if anyone needs a laugh.

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  • William Skinner good to see you back on.I would really like to see more of your contributions on this site as opposed to the postings from a few fowl pooch in here (if the cap fit then draw the string).

    Did you do a post on the elections result and its implications? That would be an interesting take.

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  • Tron

    I agree with your position @ 7:11 a.m. I too believe that the government should have started reducing the public sector as soon as they got in,late 2008 or early 2009.

    Remember Sandie did it during his time and Owen sent it right back up.So there should be some manpower study done as to the optimum size of the civil service and have the right skills fit to jobs.

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  • @Enuff

    If you have data to support your position you should share it, the point is this was the position of the Opposition Party now Gov’t from the time it was announced and the PM said the date was indelibly stuck in her head. It was also in its manifesto, now if you wrote that they are fulfilling a manifesto promise that’s one thing but to hint at evidence showing that numbers of certain socio- economic groups have declined since its implementation and leave us hanging does no justice to your position.

    BTW wouldn’t a needs- based assessment program help those who were maginalised by the decision to eliminate the fees?

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  • I am glad for the pensioners who will receive an extra $75,00 but my concern is if $1.50 per day is to be added to their water bill it means that for one week this will be $10.50 or $45.00 per month. So 45 from 75. This leaves them with 30 dollars. This tax which I have to pay is more than my present water bill.. Looking to Part 2.

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  • Didn™t the PM communicate that it is about all putting their shoulders to the plough?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ T.Inniss June 12, 2018 3:15 PM
    “William Skinner good to see you back on.I would really like to see more of your contributions on this site as opposed to the postings from a few fowl pooch in here (if the cap fit then draw the string).”

    All Willy Skinny can say at this time is that the people have spoken and that the voices of the people in unison in every one of the 30 constituency must be that of the total One Voice of his God.

    Even the people of St. John who were once pure-bred Bajan johnnies saw the Light of Wisdom and got rid of the Gordian knot of that despicable lying party from forming another government of destruction.

    The Bajan electorate was so pissed off with the goons who made up the electoral leadership face of the DLP that not even one man or one woman from that great party of EWB’s formation could solicit sufficient votes to be the face of the Opposition in Parliament.

    Come on T. Inniss, be truthful to yourself even if it galls you to the hilt.

    It wasn’t the BLP who brought total shame and abject scandal to your once dear loving party.

    It was the good People of Barbados who formed an army of righteousness to rise up against that dangerous lying party of pimps parading as the DLP.

    Aren’t you totally ashamed of what the people of Barbados and especially those go(o)dly people from the now enlightened parish of St. John have done to your once great and proud party just because a pure-bred ugly jackass was pulling the yellow and blue cart full of low-class goons and marked ‘Vote Against the People’s Army’?

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  • “Come on T. Inniss, be truthful to yourself even if it galls you to the hilt.”

    Miller

    Please behave yourself and cut T. Inniss some slack……..lest you’re deemed to be among the “few fowl pooch in here.”

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  • Sargeant

    I seldom do more than four-line contributions. I do recall the law and medical faculties holding, Soc. Sci however and others were hit hard. Draw your own conclusions. Can we afford not to have university graduates should be the question. Some of the naysayers, went to 3/4 universities and one even recently recommended a man to offer the government advice–a man that is a lawyer and went to university free. I just caaaant at times.

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  • Enuff,
    T|here are two important facts: first, a small developing nations needs to invest in the education of future generations; second, we just cannot afford to offer ‘free’ education to every student at an ever-expanding university.
    A better model will be to offer loans to every student who gains a place at university to be repaid on graduation and finding a graduate-type job. The money will then return to a pot to be used to fund future generations.
    Remember a university degree is a stepping home to higher wages and an improved lifestyle. It is unfair to use the taxes of ordinary working people, largely unskilled and non-graduates, to improve the lifestyles and opportunities for a few.
    What percentage of our school leavers go on to university? And of those, what percentage graduates and in what subjects?
    A graduate in each home is a perverse objective. Such a policy would devalue a university education.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Anne June 12, 2018 3:47 PM
    “I am glad for the pensioners who will receive an extra $75,00 but my concern is if $1.50 per day is to be added to their water bill it means that for one week this will be $10.50 or $45.00 per month. So 45 from 75. This leaves them with 30 dollars. This tax which I have to pay is more than my present water bill.. Looking to Part 2.”

    You do have a good point there!

    A more imaginatively and creatively productive approach would have involved a combination of strategies aimed at penalizing the water wasters and the producers of garbage to help fund the BWA and SSA.

    Why not make it $0.50 per day while recovering the rest of the cost for the SSA from those consumers who create the excess garbage in the first place?

    Why not impose a tax on consumers of fast food who dispose of their ‘garbage’ all over the highways and byways?

    What about making pay upfront those who insist on the overuse of plastics and other unnecessary wrapping/packaging material which finds itself through irresponsible human activity despoiling the landscape?

    What about those ‘heavy’ water users who, with financial impunity, like to consume much more than their fair and considered ‘reasonable share’ for the average household?

    Why not let them pay heavily as they waste water in an already water-scarce small island and facing the challenges of extended drought periods and those of man-made climate change?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Piece…got ya.

    They may or may not learn..as long as they got status and titles, nothing else is of any importance to them.

    As one in the know told me, first they sold each other out for glass and beads…then came the 1960s and “independence”a delusion in their minds only….and they sold it each out for status and title to cover up what they really did to their own people. ………then comes this era and…………………….I leave you to fill in the rest.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ T.Inniss June 12, 2018 3:24 PM
    “Tron I agree with your position @ 7:11 a.m. I too believe that the government should have started reducing the public sector as soon as they got in,late 2008 or early 2009.”

    But they did in the 2013-2014 fiscal period by terminating the services of thousands of public sector workers.

    We are sure you can remember at least some of the fiscal cannon fodder in the form of the NCC and Beautify Barbados crews who were decimated on political partisan grounds just to appease the god of fiscal mismanagement.

    In the same 2014 budget presentation didn’t Stinkliar say that approx. 4,500 additional public sector positions would have become ‘excess to requirements’ through a ‘planned process of attrition and a damper on future hiring?

    However, better late than never, wouldn’t you say despite the hiring of thousands in 2017 and 2018 period of pork-barreling?

    PS:
    A word to the wise:
    Tron, you are a man who is highly rated on BU.

    But we would strongly advise you to beware of those Greeks like T. Inniss bearing gifts in showers of praise of how great thou art.

    A month ago the same Inniss in the form of Fractured BLP or even the many pussy ac would have been cutting your throat for making similar observations under a deceitful lying pompous former administration now called the Dead Lying Party.

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  • I know Miller. Just for the protocoll:

    PM MAM has now to sort out 10 years of economic madness.

    The credit default and the latest downgrade are not her fault.

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  • Miller..pure jokes with the defunct DLPs answer to the budget, someone said at least Dumbville, Estwick, Lashley and Depeiza found 4 seats..lol

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  • Tron

    We are talking about a “bloated civil service,” yet, the RBPF remains short of 230 police officers and for several years, the Audit General has been asking for additional auditors.

    I support Lynette Eastmond’s policies for the civil service. The UPP believes there is a need to review the allocation of personnel across the Civil Service.

    On pages 5 & 6 of their manifesto, the UPP mentioned the following:

    “Barbados has already suffered a number of layoffs in the public sector and there has been a freeze on wages. Based on the information available the Progressive Party DOES NOT BELIEVE that there is a NEED for FURTHER MASSIVE LAYOFFS at this time. For many years now it has been recognised that there is a need to review the allocation of personnel across the Civil Service. There are Departments where the need for client services has shrunk but yet they retain the same staff complement, while there are others from which more is demanded but remain understaffed and under resourced.”

    The UPP outlined the following policy initiatives:

    a. review the ALLOCATION of personnel ACROSS the sector;

    b. take advantage of the NATURAL ATTRITION by leaving positions vacant where possible;

    c. engage in transfers from one equivalent post to another where departments are over staffed; and

    d. eliminate unnecessary consultancies while ensuring that any future consultancies are based on performance.

    Government should also look at merging SOE that provide similar services, such as NAB, NHC, RDC and UDC. It is interesting to note that NAB’s Housing Welfare Department was closed to facilitate the establishment of RDC and UDC.

    Unfortunately, however, a merger of these entities would obviously result in a retrenchment of staff at all levels……from senior management to line employees.

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  • “A better model will be to offer loans to every student who gains a place at university to be repaid on graduation and finding a graduate-type job.”

    Stupse.

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  • Who can answer this question?

    “Does anyone know if the Governments 15% VAT on the hotels’ invoices or the hotel room tax will be applicable
    to Sandals?”

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  • David BU

    Surely you’re being facetious…….hahahaha!!!

    But a very “pertinent question,” which the new Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, should answer.…….especially knowing that Sandals was “gifted” 40 years tax free concessions.

    If that hotel is exempted from these taxes, will that not create a situation of unfair competition in the sector?

    On a serious note, however……supposed government decides to enforce these taxes on Sandals, we may have a situation similar to that of Antigua.

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  • Oh on the subject of tax write offs . in the name of honest goverance and transparency . The govt of the day must provide the taxpayers the names and amount of the individuals who would be beneficiaries to the treasury at the expense of the working stiff.

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  • Well following yesterday’s Budget presentation thousands of Barbadians were wondering where is John King 👑!

    It was only during today’s lunch break at Parliament that John King 👑 surfaced as Minister John King 👑!

    He began singing one of his hit songs of yesteryear !

    TIGHTEN YUH BELTS

    ” Tighten yuh belt I say !

    Tighten um from today !

    Because as of midnight TONIGHT !

    Mia TAXES gine mek yuh $HITE ”

    Thank you John for that stark reminder !

    It’s
    Mia
    Fault

    IMF IMF IMF IMF wuh after all is Madam PM who called the IMF !!

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  • Mariposa
    The Tax Tribunal would do that. After saying Mia can’t delivervon her promises, what other red herrings you have? Watch we!

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  • Deliver on more taxes for the masses to pay for the delivery.
    Just watch the IMF

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  • According to Selma the weather presenter at CBCTV Sunrise tomorrow is at 5.32.This morning it was at 5.31 which means that the sun is on its return to the Winter Solstice which suggests the Christmas Season begins tomorrow, in sync with the heavenly bodies.Some will say the Season of Goodwill was ushered in on May 24th when Barbados kicked the DLP to the curb hopefully for ever and aye.Never again must those riff raff ever enter parliament to represent Barbados.Chopsutters all

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  • NorthernObserver

    On Sandals…No
    Sandals do not rent/lease rooms, they sell all-inclusive vacation packages. If you must break out the value of the “room ” per day, use $1.
    @ac
    I agree, any delinquent taxes owing pre 2000 and excused, names and amounts must be made public. It’s the cost of having the taxes “excused”. Both individuals and corporations.

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  • Required reading. First 6 pages of BarbadosToday.

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  • @Gabriel June 12, 2018 8:49 AM “Mia’s severe castration of the DLP”

    Mia did not castrate the DLP.

    The PEOPLE castrated the DLP.

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  • The government COULD reconsider the cad $91 they are adding to the cad $35 departure tax.

    Paying a defacto cad $126 departure tax seems excessive especially if I just drove through Hastings on the way to the Airport.

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  • @Hants

    The plan is to fix the South Coast problem right?

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  • But a 70$ departure tax per individual WTF i meaning did any of those budget heads sitting around the table did any research to see airline cost to visit barbados per household
    MIA made big ticket political promises somebody must pay for them and any traveller coming to barbados going to shake their head and say Hell No
    American airline baggage cost added to that departure tax and no visitor in their right mind would want to engage their pocket books to such a bitter experience

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  • Tourist traffic is choice, once or twice a year traffic, therefore the additional costs will not deter pleasure seekers from travelling to Barbados.Most are just interested in the quoted price,couldn’t care less on how the pie is divided up.The DLP Fatted Calf died on May 24th and it is so bitter a pill to swallow that the wake will go on and on until it is recognized that nobody is paying its nipple suckers any attention.After all,it is a category 5 experience to be so ignominiously sowed 30-0.What a deserving legacy to a foolish arrogant JA for a human being.

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  • lol….then don’t drive through Hastings on your way to the airport, take the highway, or the back roads through St. George.

    recalibrate a map just for the tourists.

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    “I agree, any delinquent taxes owing pre 2000 and excused, names and amounts must be made public. It’s the cost of having the taxes “excused”. Both individuals and corporations.”

    All the genius ideas are only now surfacing from the mentally deranged ac, why were these genius ideas not implemented in the 10 years previous to 24th May…by the exgovernment.

    Those owing taxes from 1968 should be listed and exposed in media, that would send a message to tax cheats who love free taxpayer funded contracts…

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  • @Anne June 12, 2018 3:47 PM ” This [water and sanitation] tax which I have to pay is more than my present water bill.”

    Same here.

    In April I paid $44.97 for water. In May I paid $41.37, so the $1.50 per day [water/sanitation tax] will more than double my “water” bill.

    In addition I have for years sorted all of my waste at source, ie. in my kitchen, and have taken all of my metal, plastic and glass to a recycling center, so I dispose of little waste through the Sanitation Service Authority.

    When a pet of our household dies, or if a stray pet dies in front of my yard, I have always hauled out my garden fork and immediately buried the corpse, so “no” I am not one of those nasty people who put dead pets out with my household waste.

    Oh well…

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  • @Well, Well June 13, 2018 8:58 AM “Those owing taxes from 1968…”

    I expect that some of the 1968ers are dead, dead, dead. And the thing about dead people is that dead people have no shame…so “exposing” them does just what?

    lolll!!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Mariposa June 13, 2018 5:09 AM
    “MIA made big ticket political promises somebody must pay for them and any traveller coming to barbados going to shake their head and say Hell No
    American airline baggage cost added to that departure tax and no visitor in their right mind would want to engage their pocket books to such a bitter experience

    Why not look also on the ‘Bright’ side of your doom and gloom serving of scary criticism of a proposal which has not yet been implemented?

    Have you now traded places with the old BU guard once called the prophets of doom and gloom?
    As a true patriot (as you “ac”’ like to claim you are why can’t you continue to support the ‘Government’ in its quest to rescue Barbados as it has been trying to do for the past 10 years?

    At least there would be NO shit and raw sewage floating on the streets as the ‘same travelers to Barbados’ had to put up with for the past 2 years.

    So what would it be, Ms Many Pussy?

    Shit floating on the streets including those of Bridgetown to invite an outbreak of cholera or lying easy on the sunny beach but having to pay a wee more instead of going to the massively more expensive tanning salons back home?

    Did the shit flowing on the streets and floating on the sea keep away those “visitors in their right mind[s]” to support the record level of visitor arrivals as constantly boasted by the now disgraced discredited and destroyed former minister of tourism whose love of spitting in the face of Statistical decency was unsurpassed only by his equally discredited and completely silenced colleague the former lying minister of finance Stinkliar Pinocchio?

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  • Exposing them dead or alive might give others a second thought although by forgiving the debt it has sent a message that barbados is not serious about collecting revenue from the Private sector
    In anerica dead or alive taxes will be collected as those over due taxes are passed on to the deceased estate and the beneficiares of the estate cannot have ownership until those taxes are paid in full

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  • Miller no shit flowing in the street
    However tourist and locals alike would be shiting in their underwear evertime they open their pocket books to pay such a repressive tax

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  • @ David,

    I sincerely hope the ” cad $90 tax ( to fix the South Coast problem )” does not reduce the number of tourist from Canada.

    It will NOT stop CanBajans from returning because we have family and friends in Barbados.

    The concept of taxing tourists to fix sewers is difficult to ” sell “.

    While we all must support the Government’s effort to save Barbados from drowning we must not hold back our opinions.

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  • @Hants

    There is no pain free way to do it. The approach is to widen the tax base and share the load. The government will have to monitor and tweak as necessary based on response. We are in a deep hole, the last ten years to the last government did nothing to improve the situation. We will have to see what phase two brings, likely more pain.

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  • Simple Simon,

    Tax liabilities do not die, they are inherited.

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  • Barbadians and Tourist alike did not have to endure this experience of aggressive pain.
    Barbadians have two entities which were a financial burden to taxpayers .The opposition threw a stink at selling them both.
    Now as new govt rather than pursuing a path towards renegotiation that might have borne fruit enough to lessen the pain Mia had in store for the nation.She closed that door and barrelled forward towards a path of miscalculations and appeasment to give political favours and empty promises
    Now all must pay

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  • @ David,

    On the positive side the rich tourist that Barbados targets will be happy to the extra US$ 70.

    The ” T-Shirt / low budget tourist ” will likely go to other destinations.

    Maybe you could ask Sandals to give up their ” tax concessions for the next 3 years “.

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  • @Hants

    This is where the rubber hits the road. Years of doing nothing has brought us here. Time to do something, yes the medicine will be bitter. We have to adjust lifestyles and wheel and come again.

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  • lol..Simple, point taken…but their children and grandchildren still own and operate those businesses with their names registered as CEOs, Directors etc and everything….expose them, they are representative of the companies etc who still owe taxes…

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  • Hants,

    The majority of our tourists are from the UK and the wealthy Brits are the babyboomers. Tell me, is our so-called tourism product suitable for UK babyboomers?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Gabriel

    Unfortunately as it relates to this roughly 10 to 20 percent increase on travel YOU ARE WRONG

    Here is the pernicious thing about this $95 million pernicious tax which was implemented 2 weeks after the BLP assumes office.

    IT does NOT go to the coffers of an existing government agency.

    IT IS part of a pre designed Sweetheart Deal with a former public sector controlled now private sector run entity.

    ONE WHICH THE AVERAGE BAJAN DOES NOT KNOW WHO IS TO BENEFIT FROM THE SOON TO BE PRIVATELY MANAGED BTMI AND THE NEXT ONE THAT DE OLE MAN CAN’T REMEMBER ITS NAME

    But, in my effort to apprised you of this cutting up of the fattest calf EVEN BEFORE THE FATTED CALF IS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE LET ME GIVE YOU THE WORDS OF MADAMOISELLE PRIME MINISTER MOTTLEY

    She says and I quote “…It is our contention that given the MATURITY of Barbados’ Tourism sector, the BTMI and BTPI are ready to transition into a public private partnership. ..”

    Now it is interesting where thst characteristic of “maturity” is said to reside. It is not within either agency but in Barbados’ tourism sector euphemism for **

    The real names of the Usual Suspects with whom The FATTED COW deal was made PRIOR TO THIS GOVERNMENT ASSUMING OFFICE will be soon disclosed that is if the names of the suspects see the light of day under the veil of corporate secrecy yet to be exposed heheheheh – an oxymoron to be sure.

    But here are the most telling words of this Faustian deed.

    Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley continues…

    “…The Government of Barbados will accordingly REVIEW the Governance arrangements so as to ensure a transfer of lead responsibility to the private sector for the ownership and management of these entities…”

    “…SO AS TO TRANSFER…” proceeded by the words review, all juxtaposed against the carving out of a $95 million chunk for a private sector management team whose already agreed names are yet to be declared to Bajans

    And some uh we bajans think that we are smart and certajn of our elected leaders think we are smarter…

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item here…

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  • @Mariposa June 13, 2018 9:38 AM “Exposing them dead or alive…barbados is not serious about collecting revenue from the Private sector.”

    So the DLP had ten years to expose “them” dead or alive. They had ten years during which they like the Americans [and I know for sure that American tax enforcers have the right to bear arms, while Barbados’ tax enforcers have no such right] could have done proper enforcement. Why did they then not expose and enforce?

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  • Yes i say expose them
    Mia promised Transparency and since it is money owed to the Treasury. The public has every right to know who got a slice of the pie

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  • Piece
    I am reading you loud and clear.We await further and more puhtikuhlers.Remember we had the Barbados Publicity Committee a private sector precursor to the Barbados Board of Tourism.Between those entities Barbados grew by leaps and bounds.We will be watching.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Mariposa June 13, 2018 12:12 PM
    “Yes i say expose them
    Mia promised Transparency and since it is money owed to the Treasury. The public has every right to know who got a slice of the pie..”

    Now that you are in that ‘expose Dem’ frame of mind would you be prepared to support the miller in his call on the Mottley administration to put its political power where its big electioneering mouth used to be and make sure all the necessary taxes have been paid by those who benefited from the rip-off of the CLICO policyholders.

    Will you insist that PM Mottley assures the poor taxpayers who are expected to help carry the dirty end of the fiscal stick and voted overwhelmingly for her administration that Greenverbs Parris has already made things right with the Treasury in respect of that $3.3 million heist way back in 2008?

    You must also insist that similar adherence to the Income Tax laws has been done by the David Thompson estate if you are to satisfy the cravingly enquiring mind of one Hal Austin.

    Will you also be calling on the same bee in your bonnet now called PM Mottley to ensure that similar tax investigation and treatment be applied to the millions received in legal fees over the past 10 years and paid out of the same taxpayers’ hard-earned money to qualified crooks (QC’s) like Hal G., Michael Y., Richard B. and another connected with the Cahill scam exposed today in the HoA?

    Unless PM Mottley can assure herself and her Cabinet of financial whippersnappers that the tax affairs of those who benefited from the DLP fatted calf are in keeping with the revenue laws of Barbados then her patriotic calls on ordinary citizens to put their financial hands to the national plough to secure the country’s economic survival would just be a blast of hot air from another member of the corrupt political class whose motto is:
    “All for One and One for All” in the big old game of ‘It’s now our turn at the ‘Animal Farm’ pig feed trough filled by the suckers called the easily-fooled taxpayers’.

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  • David

    Re : your June 13, 2018 posting at 12:58 p.m

    Wouldn’t you agree that after 20 days of BLP government that the Dems were BETTER ?

    After all :

    • There was no pending IMF talks – it’s Madam PM who called the IMF !

    • There was garbage tax – it’s Madam PM who imposed it !

    • There was no 40 cents per liter gas tax – it’s Madam PM who imposed it !

    • There was no draconian airport departure tax – it’s Madam PM who imposed it !

    And we can go on and on ……

    Madam PM has inflicted untold PAIN on Barbadians !!!

    Oh loss !!! We can’t tek no more !!!

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  • It is impossible to ask some commenters this be non partisan. Yes support your party but use reasoned arguments.

    David of BU

    June 13 , 2018 @ 12:58 p.m

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  • Ok miller fair being fair. Why not included in all these investigations whose political actions in the blp. govt gave the authority for Mia Dad to receive over i million dollars of taxpayers monies
    In any case in reference to those tax cheats all knows beyond any shadow of doubt that Mia made the political call for millions of dollars to be write off to the Private Sector without full transparency

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  • FBLP that is a hard question for David to answer . Anyhow come July 1 he will get the answer

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Fractured BLP June 13, 2018 2:17 PM

    But there was your Lord King Freundel Jerome Stuart ruling over his kingdom called Blighted Barbados!

    Now where has your King gone?

    It is rumoured ‘he’, the defeated, decimated and dejected court clown pretending to be of the royal House of the blackened Stuart left Ilaro Court in the dead of night with only his friend in failure Shallow Hal in assistance headed back to where he belongs in the republic of Sinfarlip.

    Didn’t the people of St. Michael South, by their vote of confidence in Prince Humphrey, strip the ugly jackass and removed the vestiges of arrogance and hubris which formerly clothed your pretender King Stuart to expose a naked common emperor of deceit, lies and pompousness who met his majestic waterloo on that memorable day of 24th May 2018?

    A date which must go down not only in infamy but also as a ‘unique date’ in Bajan history for not only producing the first female Prime Minister but also by recording the death of the political party which was once considered as the party for the dear loving people of Barbados but through the actions of a band of deceivers, liars, crooks and corrupt and certified incompetents now seen as a pariah on its death bed.

    But that Lazarus-type party- although currently stricken with the pox of electoral decimation- is far bigger than its current totally discredited managers and like the legendary phoenix can rise from the electoral ashes interred on George Street and with ‘different’ blood of youth and intellect can be ‘born again’ in the political vaginal sheath and ‘genetic’ spirit of its founding fathers.

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  • Mariposa

    Leh he lone !

    David ain’t got no DLP to rant on now !

    Madam PM have all the cards in her hand so she no excuse to not deliver on her outlandish promises !

    To whom much is given…..

    Much is expected !

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  • she has no excuse

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  • FBLP HEE HEE
    Yuh got that right. David are u listening
    Mia has unleashed a sh.it load of doom and gloom on the country

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  • FBLP Mia first two weeks in office is becoming a comedy show called Mia Way
    First she default on country debt
    Next give away millions of the public Purse
    Next unleashed a triple dose of poision
    As if all that put together was not enough
    Run away the tourist
    Now how is that for good goverance as a promise to put money in the people pockets

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  • The exyardfowls are just being pests …they have no answers to why the exgovernment did not pursue, expose and recover the people’s billions of tax dollars from the crooks in the private sector since 1968….and particularly during the exiled governments just recently terminated ten year tenure..

    they not only refused to expose these minority tax cheats, they turned around and gave them billions more in the same taxpayers contracts for coverley, valery, and pension fund scams …and was about to give away even more in the Cahill scams, the Hyatt scams, they gave away tax concessions for imported cars just days before the last election, tiefing from taxpayers up to the end of the very last days before being kicked out for good…

    None of them should see the inside of that parliament again.

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  • Has the NIS invested in any business that was knowingly at the time delinquent with its taxes?

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  • @ Anne and others.

    PLEEZE, FUHGETTA BOUT IT. – Charging members of the past Government!!

    U do remember the 1976 Duffus Commission of Inquiry? when “D infelicities of the past Administration ”
    were to be looked into with a view to sending some people on a staycation at HM Glendairy.(No beachfront property)
    What happened besides more money down the drain?

    Know what was one of the saddest but not unexpected things that evolved?

    Our Father of Independence, was like Jesus, denied. trice. Yep, one of the witnesses was asked by a Lawyer “Do you know Errol Walton Barrow?” After the first denial he rephrased the question, Again after the second and third.

    Three times the witness said no.
    ,
    The lawyer became frustrated and shouted, while slamming his fist on the mahogany table.
    “Jesus Christ man, I din ask you if you participated at the birth!!!

    The witness was no stranger to the Hon, EWB.

    $$$$$$$$$$
    Airport tax (notice it was in US$? Yes, we too dumb to convert to BDS$). Reminds me of the time we the
    masses PAID at the Airport on returning to Barbados, Eons later a Minister on the radio claimed it was news to him. I doubt he was lying. Naturally, he by passed all that each time he came home.

    AND MORE $$$$$ -Garbage Removal.

    $1.50 a day? $45.00 a month? What is the average, clear thinking public spirited, educated, environment conscious person with less than 2 bags (small from supermarket) being charged for?. Ridiculous, inhumane and an injustice. Is there a book with duplicate pages being made by the Govt. Printery for us in which we list the number of bags of garbage and discarded items ? So far this week I had one bag,

    Would the Garbage truck workers sign to confirm what amount of garbage was picked up? What happens when the house is unoccupied for any length of time? Will we pay up front and later present the travel document substantiating the non-occupancy.? Will that money then be returned?

    What fee for those who do not live in Barbados and use their house for as little a three month a year?  Do they pay daily? Full amount?  Will it be pro-rated????
    

    These are some of the questions I have been asked and also want answered.

    I beg to suggest that these decisions be revisited,
    . Whose ideas? My foreign currency visitor said ” Clearly a HATER of Barbadians and all non Barbadian residents”.

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  • Mini Budget
    oops. Aged brain cell drop out.

    This fee is only for those days when/if garbage is collected?
    What happens the week there is no collection?

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