The Opposition PNP is describing the measures outlined by Finance Minister Audley Shaw to support the Government’s tax break plans as a deceptive three-card trick.
The PNP Deputy General Secretary is Julian Robinson.
Mr. Robinson says the JLP has already broken its promise by imposing approximately $14-billion in new taxes.
Mr. Robinson says the revenue measures announced by Mr. Shaw are clearly a panic induced move to fulfill an election promise.
Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips, is calling on the Government to reconsider its decision to increase the Special Consumption Tax, SCT on petrol by 7-dollars per litre.
The measure was enforced today by the state owned oil refinery Petrojam. Mr. Phillips says the transport sector is already severely taxed and the additional burden will be too much to bear.
Following the announcement of the increase in the SCT on Petrol – the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services which represents some private operators today called for a 50 percent hike in fares.
Mr. Phillips says the increase will also have a negative effect on the already cash strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC.
Mr. Phillips says it’s lamentable that the majority of persons who use public transport will not benefit from the threshold increase and may be hit the hardest.