Simpson-Miller’s Credibility Questioned as She Prepares for Budgetary Contribution

The Opposition JLP says Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller faces a credibility problem as she prepares to make her highly anticipated contribution to the 2015-2016 budget debate this afternoon

Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw says the Opposition is watching closely to see whether the Prime Minister is faithful to her election promise to remove the tax on electricity for residential customers.

Two weeks ago, the Government  announced the re-imposition of the tax for residential customers who use over 3-hundred-and-50-kilowatts of electricity per month.

Mr. Shaw says when she rises in Gordon House in approximately two hours time, the Prime Minister will have to address a serious credibility problem.

Additionally, Mr. Shaw says Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips will also have questions to answer in relation to the imposition of a special consumption tax of 7-dollars on each litre of gas sold at the pumps.

The Finance Minister will close the budget debate on Wednesday.

Dr. Phillips has said the proceeds from the increased tax on gas will allow the government to enter into a fuel hedge agreement that will protect Jamaicans against any future sharp increase in the price of oil.

But Mr. Shaw is demanding clarity.

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