Unfair Distribution Of Land Outrages Villagers Of Concepcion Village

Concepcion Village Chairman, Fidel Chable, is under heavy pressure from Concepcion Village residents...

MOE Congratulates New President Of BNTU

Last week Thursday April 20th, Trade Union Senator Elena Smith was elected by majority votes to serv...

Belize Barrier Reef Continues To Be An Endangered Site

Belize boasts the second largest coral reef system in the world which measures a total of 300 kilome...

Zero Tolerance Policy For Police Improprieties

Over the past few weeks, the Belize Police Department has been under heavy Public scrutiny after var...

Yo Creek Road Claims Another Life

The infamous Yo Creek road has tonight claimed another life, the second since the start of 2017. The...

  • Unfair Distribution Of Land Outrages Villagers Of Concepcion Village

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:36
  • MOE Congratulates New President Of BNTU

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:42
  • Belize Barrier Reef Continues To Be An Endangered Site

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:45
  • Zero Tolerance Policy For Police Improprieties

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:53
  • Yo Creek Road Claims Another Life

    Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:34

Last week Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that his Government will be implementing a series of revised tax measures to raise $88 million dollars in the new fiscal year that commences on April 1st. Taxes will be going up on fuel, on the departure fee for air travel, on environmental tax charged on all imported goods, on electricity bills above $100, and on beer, stout, soft drinks and cement. While GST will not see an increase generally, as feared, the revised tax measures will certainly increase the cost of living for Belizeans. PUP Leader John Briceno remains concerned that the tax increases will push individuals into tougher economic conditions.


Screen_Shot_2017-03-20_at_8.34.09_PMHonourable John Briceno - PUP Leader


“A hundred dollars they are only going to pay twelve dollars and fifty cents in many instance some of them are not getting twelve dollars and fifty cents raise a month, but it is beyond the teachers and the BDF and the Police and everybody else it is also based on a shrinking middle class that we have, electricity is no longer a luxury rather it is a necessity in every home and when you reduce that threshold to one hundred dollars I mean you are going to be hurting a lot of people, right now I am trying to get my hands on  a number of people that are between one hundred and two hundred so that you can have the right amount of numbers but that is my point that am making the government is saying that they are not increasing taxes on the middle class and the poor people but they are doing that with construction, taxes on construction materials they are doing that by raising the environmental tax and they are doing that by increasing or reducing the threshold for electricity consumption from two hundred dollars to one hundred dollars.”

The Opposition will be poking holes at the Prime Minister’s budget during the 2-day debate set for Thursday and Friday this week.

Share this post

This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comment.