PNP wants pay raise, but bad talk $1.5-m tax break

PNP wants pay raise, but bad talk $1.5-m tax break

Friday, January 17, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


Dear Editor,

It seems like the People's National Party (PNP) cannot get over the Government's successful implementation of the $1.5-million tax break for PAYE workers as it promised. It's stuck in the PNP's proverbial craw and can't come out.

If it weren't so the party's general secretary would not have brought it up recently at their post-retreat media briefing.

Now, I have always maintained that the PNP is a unique set of well-trained hypocrites. While attacking the $1.5-million tax break, Julian Robinson said it widened income inequality because it was funded by taxes. As if the good Lord up above wasn't too impressed with him, so then came Member of Parliament Robert Pickersgill to raise cane in the Lower House arguing for a raise in salary.

Now the hypocrisy comes floating up like oil on water. If income inequality has been exacerbated by the $1.5-million tax break, which as they said was funded by taxes, won't a raise in the salaries of Members of Parliament have to be funded by taxes as well?

And if raising taxes makes people poorer, then how on Earth are they claiming they will fix income inequality while advocating for policies that, according to their logic, will exacerbate the problem they claim to want to fix? How?

They can't have it both ways. This tactic by the PNP must be firmly rejected by the public.

Fabian Lewis

tyronelewis272@gmail.com


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT