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#JaVotes2016: Phillips tells Comrades don't fall for JLP's 'desperate promises'

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 10:08 PM
Jermaine Barnaby Photo - Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips speaking with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the PNP mass meeting in Port Antonio.

Dr Peter Phillips, the People's National Party (PNP) campaign director, took to the political platform in Portland East Friday night telling Comrades that the income tax promise of the Jamaica Labour Party is a "desperate attempt of people who want power" even if it means wrecking the economy.

"Don't let dem sell you a six for a nine," Phillips told Comrades at a mass meeting in Port Antonio.

Critical of the JLP's tax proposal, which the party said would relieve people of income tax if they earn up to $1.5 million a year, Phillips said the Labourites' mathematics will not pass any test.

Under the JLP's plan, persons who earn above $1.5 million a year will have an income tax threshold at the current rate of $592,800.

Phillips said the JLP's plan could result in a supervisor taking home less than his subordinate.

He also said it would result in significant revenue loss that would mean either higher GCT or more borrowing to fill the shortfall.

"Everyone would like the tax to remove," Phillips said, but he insisted that the way being proposed by the JLP is not affordable.

According to Phillips, Jamaica is making fragile progress and simply cannot afford the JLP's promise.

"It is taking us to where we were in 2011," he said.

Phillips said too that the JLP has a history of promising a lot and delivering little.

He recalled that in the run up to the 2007 election, the JLP had promised up to 100 per cent salary increases to some public sector workers but did not honour the promise.

"We must take sleep and mark death," Phillips said.