No balance in this tax package
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I must register my utter dismay at the recent tax package unleashed by the Government on the people of Jamaica. Is this what the prime minister calls balancing the books while balancing people's lives? Because that scale looks very unbalanced to me.
I really wonder how much time the Government sat to consider the implications that its actions would have on the people who elected the People's National Party (PNP) to power - even after getting an extra month to prepare the Budget.
The PNP Government has demonstrated its utter hypocrisy with the unveiling of this new Budget it claims to be pro-business and support the growth of the productive sector. Its actions say differently, as almost every industry - from agriculture to tourism and everything in-between - will be adversely affected.
This, of course, will have a ripple effect, as many business will be forced to fight a war on two fronts - increased operating cost and lower levels of sales.
I cannot help but talk about the tax placed on textbooks and other printed material. I really must wonder if this is the same Government that claims to be progressive and forward-thinking?
White Hill District,