Gov’t meets with TUF today; union proposes increased taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, VAT on electricity

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Gov’t meets with TUF today; union proposes increased taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, VAT on electricity
According to the PM:
PM Anthony


PRESS RELEASE –
A cabinet subcommittee led by Prime Minister, Hon Dr. Kenny D. Anthony will be meeting representatives of the Trade Union Federation today, to discuss proposals submitted by the Federation to deal with the fiscal deficit of the Government of Saint Lucia.

According to Prime Minister Anthony, “The Trade Union Federation responded to the invitation of the government to offer proposals to deal with the current fiscal deficit of the Government of Saint Lucia. Today, the Government will share with the TUF, its analysis of the proposals including the likely revenue that can be generated by those proposals for which estimates are easily available.”

Among the several recommendations, the Trade Union Federation has suggested to the Government of Saint Lucia that it should impose a 10% VAT on electricity bills for domestic customers consuming over a specified threshold. It recommended that Government increases the taxes on alcohol and specifically on cigarettes by twelve cents. It has also urged the Government to defer the tax refunds announced earlier in this year’s budget.

Prime Minister Anthony says he is looking forward to a spirited and interesting discussion.

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  1. Until we come together as a nation and act as one nation these government ministers and those in power will always step on our backs , people when is it going to be too much to bear ??? When are we as a nation attempt just once force the govt to stop their maddness in our country n just ask to be treated humanely. We don't have to resort to violence all we need is a complete stop on all work.

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  2. One day Kenny will let us know, what Public Servants have done to him, that he has prepared to make them the Enemy. What a sad day; what a horrible leader

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  3. It is apparent the SLP fails to see the bigger picture. Lost of jobs, closure of companies , increase in cost of living, vat on nearly everything, paye still remains and salaries have remained the same for thos of us still fortunate to have a job. ALL since the brilliant idea of VAT to solve problems. The easy way out for the red boys and the hard life for us lucians. Education still not free, health care has increased. Just what is there to gain from SLP. We get poorer and they get richer. Where are the better days promised??? Where are the investments?? Why was Butch denied the extension? Yet he wants to fly to England to find investments. The very same man who said during UWP reign that he would tell investors not to invest here. ......

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  4. I understand how things hard in Lucia and it hard everywhere else in the caribbean... here in antigua I pay vat on the light bill also and taxes are high on everything but the government cut some taxes on certain things for the ppl..
    Children go to schilling and don't have to pay nothing uniforms food and school bus is provided by the country.

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  5. Wasn't it the civil servants who got 14% increase under King and 4% last year? I don't get why they want the whole country to pay for the decisions that increased their pockets. I felt it was ridiculous that King bent over again, to give that huge increase. Now Mary is asking the poor people to help pay for the shit the government's did to fatten her pockets! The smart ones didn't know then what was sweet in goats mouth would be sour in their backside. They should deduct 14+4=18% off their salaries. They received it, take it back to fix the damn deficit.

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  6. Mary Isaac you said "We did not want the 4% increase last year it was imposed." So why it so hard to give it back since you'll didn't want it in the first place. Bunch of Hypocrites!!

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    • Give Mary a break. The government fools are the ones who wanted to play sugar daddy and give what the CSA didn't want. I totally agree, you gave it, why do you want it back now. It just shows how this administration has No vision.

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  7. It is really really beyond me why this government and those of the past is so darned lazy. IT is really beyond my most basic comprehension of economics why it is that the Kenny Anthony administration is so darned hell bend on penalizing public servants to remedy Saint Lucia's problems. Tell me please Mr. Prime Minister why do you think that the few Civil Servants you have will save Saint Lucia.
    I also wonder why instead of this government being proactive and innovative to solve the countries problems think the solution is in a VAT formula. At some point it will get to a point where there will be nothing to take from our salaries again. Mean time we have hotels owing the government dollars, while sending millions of dollars in profit out of the country. So many possibilities
    This governmnet is lazy and opportunistic, lets try to explore other avenues and stop bleeding the people of Saint lucia dry

    Ever thought of an OECS visa, you want to come here and spend money we will give you the visa as long as you abide by our laws, not like the US Embassy you pay air fare, visa processing and still dont get it.

    Are we charging comparable fees with other countries for yachters, foreign real estate investers, persons getting married, temporary drivers licenses, private planes.

    Stop hiring retired people/consultants, all these people in big positions, I want to own a home too.

    And then for those of us who find it difficult to comply yet when we visit or reside in other countries we should be fined =, yes penalties they do exist. The police needs to get off their rear and make money for the country visitor or resident, the discoes in the vehicles fine them, illegal parking fine them, christmas lights on vehicles fine them, no parking you park there fine them, and the Saint Lucian thing to do - no seat belts fine them. Roadside garages with eleven cars parked in the neighbourhood with grass ready to cover them and contributing to the Chikungunya problem fine them, garbage days for each community but yet its disposed on any day or pelted out of vehicles fine them , now how many of us guilty of at least one ?

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  8. Well let us just wait on the IMF 🙂 . If the public sector was run like a private sector like other countries were doing , there would be enoughmoney to help the deficit.

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  9. Mr. Prime minister could you increase the basic salary wage in saint lucia please. I need more money salary finishes too fast, since the cost of living is so high. Crying

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  10. Well this is what it it if the people had over throw SLP when they started doing crap we would be better off. Kenny have all his millions and his big mall in Trinidad to hell with better days.

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  11. I would prefer more TUF members on the block instead of the increases they are proposing. They accepted the 4% last year instead of saying to the SLP the don't want any increase. Now they are asking the public to pay for the incompetence of the SLP as a Government. While in opposition and the SLP organized so many protest actions over petty issues so now he want to advise government to tax us a little more for his incompetent party and worker.

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  12. why should it be civil servant salary to be the one to bail the country's deficit?

    Civil servants gets no benefits (except head of departments, Permanent Secretaries and Ministers). In the private sectors they have bus services given to staff, uniforms, christmas bonus, affordable insurance plans etc.

    There are so many people in the country that pays no taxes but yet still have large sum of money.

    Yes we in hard times therefor we need to spend our money wisely.

    The government and individuals need to start buying vehicles that consume less gas. That's another way to cut cost.

    In the government service there are so many people who are qualified and yet can't make the appropriate salaries. Where those individuals take student loans to further their education and their degree can't work for them because they always bringing retired persons to fill in positions. Give young people a chance they had theirs.

    In the government service and private sectors they only hiring retired individuals. That's why young people not getting work. I believe the reason for that we live above our means and when retired are left with big mortgages to pay. That's why the banks need to give persons mortgages based on retirement age.

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    • TO: CIVIL SERVANT

      AND THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR THAT DO NOT GET WORK. THEY JUST SIT DOWN AND WASTE OUR TAX MONIES

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      • yes but not the majority. and those are the ones that get job on favor.

        There are many hard working civil servants and i do believe they have some that do nothing cause i complain about it as well but then again who am i.

        There are some of them act in this manner for different reasons example working conditions, promotions due to them and so many other reasons.

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  13. Where is the economic model of the economy for Saint Lucia? So how will these packs of schoolboys know or predict what will happen when they do this or that to a critical factor or sector in the economy? On all sides we are being led by the one-eyed, the legally blind and all the way to very unaccomplished complete idiots.

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  14. Smokes and booze yes!! Electricity tax to domestic consumers over a specific threshold. trickery! thats adding insult on the poor and vulnerable why not go for the rich!

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