Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, this afternoon accused the Simpson Miller administration of misleading and betraying the people of Jamaica as he made his contribution to the 2014/2015 budget debate.
Mr. Shaw said Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is guilty of betraying the Jamaican people following the decision of her administration to re-impose a tax on electricity for some residential customers.
In the lead up to the December 2011 general election Mrs. Simpson Miller had committed to removing the electricity tax for residential customers.
But Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips told parliament last week that the Government plans to re-impose the tax for residential customers who use over 350 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
Mr. Shaw says the Prime Minister’s commitment to the poor is questionable.
Mr. Shaw also charged that Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips mislead parliament when he stated in a fiscal policy paper that the hole in the budget is just over 10-billion dollars.
Audley Shaw, Opposition Spokesman on Finance making his contribution to the budget debate this afternoon.
AND… Mr Shaw this afternoon accused the Simpson Miller administration of pursuing policies which have intensified suffering on the majority of the Jamaican people.
Mr. Shaw said it’s baffling that the PNP administration secured a wage restraint agreement from public sector workers then decided to pursue an aggressive devaluation strategy.
He said the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar has had a devastating impact on society.
Audley Shaw, Opposition Spokesman on Finance addressing making his contribution to the budget debate this afternoon.