#BudgetDebate2019: Jamaica has never been better managed, says Holness

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his overall assessment of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led administration is that it has performed well.

The prime minister who is making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate at Gordon House, added that he does not need the Opposition to tell him that there are challenges as he will be the first to admit that there is room for improvement.

“The fact is that even with the challenges, which we acknowledge, there has never been a period in the history of Jamaica where the affairs of the country have been so managed that we can report four consecutive budgets which were either revenue neutral no new taxes or a reduction of taxes,” Holness said.

“Even more, I cannot recall a budget where there was a net give back of taxes to this magnitude,” Holness said referring to the 14-billion tax giveback that was announced by Minister Finance and Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke during his contribution on March 7.

Holness' presentation follows that Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips who made his contribution last Thursday.

Phillips during his presentation fired a fresh salvo of criticism at the Government on a range of issues including corruption, inequality, and the performance of the economy as he outlined the People's National Party's (PNP) proposals for inclusive growth.

Clarke will close the debate tomorrow.

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