Providenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – The Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing still wanted to hit workers of the country with that Payroll Tax… he said so in the House of Assembly; perhaps making light, perhaps not: that imagine how much better the report would have been if we had gotten the payroll tax… some to Magnetic Media were shocked that while remarking on an $18.4 million dollar surplus, and with the cost of living so high and so hard for still so many; there would be that comment… with the Opposition holding a press conference Monday; we asked them their take on that remark.
“Actually that should have been included in the statement as to why he got the ‘Alice in Wonderland Award’ … because at the end of the day, he is totally out and touch and clueless. He (Premier Rufus Ewing) has not come to grips with how bad people are hurting in this country. The House of Assembly, I posed a question as to how many businesses surrendered licenses and it was about four hundred and something businesses; and people will say that is high but I am telling you that his government has caused an enlarging of the black market; a lot of people are doing business and government is losing revenue.”
Hon Sharlene Robinson, leader of the PDM explained that the economy is performing well, but the recent Country Poverty Assessment gave hard facts that lots of residents are hurting. “…from the Country Poverty Assessment Report it says that 60% of persons living in the Turks and Caicos cannot pay all of their bills in one month; so is it trickling down? No!”