DESPITE Prime Minister Perry Christie’s previous suggestion that the government may need to “tax some item” to accumulate funds for the country’s Hurricane Matthew recovery and repair, he yesterday back-pedalled from this position insisting that the current tax system is sufficient to raise the money needed for the efforts.
SEEKING to quell public outrage over the suggestion of a hurricane tax, Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday insisted that there are other alternatives yet to be discussed as the government mulls over how it will fund Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.
AMID fiery criticism levelled at the government over Prime Minister Perry Christie’s suggestion that there could be a special tax to assist the country in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Cabinet yesterday discussed the feasibility of a sin tax on tobacco and alcohol to accumulate the necessary funding for repair and recovery efforts, The Tribune was told.
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said the Free National Movement is opposed to any possible attempt by the Christie administration to implement a new tax to cover the cost of damage from Hurricane Matthew.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader K Peter Turnquest yesterday regretted that Bahamians were only “bit players” in the ongoing Baha Mar saga, as he decried the sale of Baha Mar’s assets to a company created by the $3.5bn project’s financier, the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM).
WHEN it meets today, Cabinet may consider introducing and implementing a special tax to help finance Hurricane Matthew repair and recovery efforts, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
SOME residents of the St Anne’s constituency are unsettled by the Free National Movement’s (FMN) decision not to renominate Hubert Chipman in the area and some have started urging Mr Chipman to run as an independent candidate.
MARVIN Dames, former deputy commissioner of police and the Free National Movement’s candidate for Mount Mariah, has criticised the government’s hurricane preparedness and response.
AT A time when Bahamians are struggling to survive amid the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis on Friday lauded the relief efforts of his party’s “hard working” members and supporters.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he is “distressed” over the “politicisation” of the government’s hurricane relief efforts, charging that his administration does not “have the time to get distracted by politics” and become “tribal” while grappling with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
FREE National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie circled the wagons yesterday as he defended Official Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ criticism of the government’s recovery efforts and accusations of cronyism as constructive and not political.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he was “disappointed” that Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis would use Hurricane Matthew as tool to “divide the country politically” instead of acknowledging that the government is “doing a good job” in the aftermath.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney yesterday slammed the Christie administration for learning nothing from Hurricane Joaquin, claiming the government’s response to Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent restoration efforts have “left much to be desired.”
THE government’s Hurricane Matthew recovery and restoration efforts will involve cronyism and victimisation, Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said during a press conference yesterday when he attacked the Christie administration just days after the storm departed the Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
THE Free National Movement has its eyes on Bahamas Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson as the frontrunner to represent the Yamacraw constituency in the 2017 general election, according to well-placed sources.