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#JaBudget2017: Simpson Miller scolds Holness over broken promises

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:57 PM
Simpson Miller ... I am disappointed that after one year in office, this Government has not delivered the promised crime plan.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon scolded Prime Minister Andrew Holness over his "broken promises".

Topping her list was Holness' 2016 general election promise that crime will be addressed as under a Jamaica Labour Party administration.

"I am disappointed that after one year in office, this Government has not delivered the promised crime plan," she said.

"This is clearly not good enough."

Last year, amid a surge in crime in St James, the Government presented several measures it says were being developed to tackle the country's crime plan.

Then in January, others were announced including the purchase of aircraft and ships to combat arms and drug trafficking.

Holness had also noted that other measures will be revealed later this year.

But Simpson Miller appears unsatisfied and told the House of Representatives this afternoon she wants Holness to give the 'plan' now.

"I am expecting that when the Prime Minister speaks next week, he will announce more resources for our security and intelligence teams to outmatch, outwit and out manoeuvre the criminals."

Simpson Miller pointed out that social issues are the "root cause" of crime and violence and insisted that "every single Jamaican has a vested interest in the fight to defeat the spiralling crime".

Meanwhile, she said the revised income tax threshold policy was a broken promise.

"The people were promised no new taxes to implement the $1.5 million tax threshold. Yet in only 12 months the people have been devastated with over $29 billion in new and unnecessary taxes to finance the so-called give back," she said.

Holness' broken promises, according to Simpson Miller:
- doubling of minimum wage
- fixed election date
- law to impeach public officials
- no drawdown from National Housing Trust
- job description for Cabinet Ministers