Friday 3 April, 2020

Let the people fete!

Revellers at the recent Kadooment Out Of Season Jam.

Revellers at the recent Kadooment Out Of Season Jam.

High attendance at entertainment events does not mean that Barbadians are not suffering in this economy.

This was the contention of Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley, as she delivered her Budget Reply in Parliament on Tuesday evening.

She maintained that many households are struggling to pay their bills and afford basic amenities and provisions.

“Don’t tell me that because they go to Reggae on the Hill that they’re good. People go to Reggae on the Hill to relieve the stress! They save up for four months or they go and beg somebody who like them to help pay for the ticket, or they go and beg one of the same politicians to give them a ticket – that’s a fact!” claimed Mottley.

She maintained that the revenue-raising measures announced in the 2017 Budget would not yield the projected additional $481 million in taxes, saying, “The reality of being able to access this quantum of income is not there.”

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