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'VIP will cut taxes'- ‘Juggy’ Harrigan

- as means of stimulating economy & putting money in people’s pockets
Virgin Islands Party candidate for the Sixth District Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan said that a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in Government would provide tax breaks to put money in people’s pockets and to get the economy going again. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience at the meeting. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience at the meeting. Photo: VINO
Harrigan said that reducing the taxes on a number of items are part of the party’s manifesto. “We in the Virgin Islands Party believe that we should ease the burden on the backs of the poor and we don’t believe that the Government will get less revenue by doing that,” he said. Photo: Provided
Harrigan said that reducing the taxes on a number of items are part of the party’s manifesto. “We in the Virgin Islands Party believe that we should ease the burden on the backs of the poor and we don’t believe that the Government will get less revenue by doing that,” he said. Photo: Provided
BELLE VUE, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Sixth District Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan said a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in Government would provide tax breaks to put money in people’s pockets and to get the economy going again.

He was speaking at a small meeting at the Belle Vue junction in the Sixth District held last evening May 28, 2015.

Harrigan said too that young people must not be satisfied with the occasional handout as that belittles them and undermines their dignity. “The young people must not be satisfied with receiving the white envelopes with money that some people are handing out in trying to bribe people to vote for them,” he said.

“We must reject people who want to bribe their way to high office.”

The former House of Assembly member said the issue of jobs for the young people in the district is the most urgent matter that must be addressed.

He said that reducing the taxes on a number of items are part of the party’s manifesto. “We in the Virgin Islands Party believe that we should ease the burden on the backs of the poor and we don’t believe that the Government will get less revenue by doing that,” he said.

A win/win situation

“In fact, our economic policy is to reduce taxation so as to stimulate the economy and then create a win/win situation,” he said.

Harrigan explained that a reduction in consumption tax will encourage more people to spend and this in turn helps the economy. “So ladies and gentlemen a tax reduction on essential items, goods and services is not only the right thing to do but the economically smart thing to do,” he said.

Turning to the issue of high rent, he said the VIP in Government will embark on a low income housing scheme that will build homes for people who need it the most. He said the VIP in Government will build 36 houses in 36 months throughout this territory and that the folks in the Sixth District will have a fair share of it.

Harrigan told residents that he knows that they might be suffering from some degree of political fatigue and to them all messages might sound the same. But he urged them that even under such circumstances, doing nothing is not an option.

“The only way to change the process is to organise and get involved and that is why I am calling on you for your vote. putting your hands in the air and washing young hands like Pontius Pilate is not an option. Let your vote be your ticket out of poverty,” he said.

28 Responses to “'VIP will cut taxes'- ‘Juggy’ Harrigan”

  • plans (29/05/2015, 08:27) Like (21) Dislike (31) Reply
    VIP has plans - plans- plans- not just for the 1%
  • Hmmmm (29/05/2015, 08:27) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    So when NDP give a tax break in January why did you and the VIP tried to deprive the small man from that?
    • l (29/05/2015, 12:21) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      What tax break in January you talking about?
      • Lily Ann (31/05/2015, 18:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Where ou don't PAY tax for you r first 10k of the year !!!!!!! People gotta break down everything for yall????? and don't even bring up buh u being sarcastic either !!!!!!
  • zoe (29/05/2015, 08:52) Like (29) Dislike (48) Reply
    NDP for the rich and the white they want to Divide this country but we would not have it!. VIP is the party of the people for the 100%
  • LOL (29/05/2015, 09:15) Like (50) Dislike (6) Reply
    How can you cut tax while building a $6 mil water park, paying increments, removing port fees, fixing roads, building schools?
  • tola (29/05/2015, 09:21) Like (44) Dislike (37) Reply
    NDP looks after people that don't need help. VIP is more for the small man that trying to make ends meet. Only Myron and Mark does help the youths and poor people the rest looks after the rich and famous.
  • Observer (29/05/2015, 09:24) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Consumption Tax? BVI had a consumption tax?

    By the way (income/payroll tax or custom duties) is not a consumption tax. I am just curious where these tax breaks will come from so that the average person will get a relief. The only tax I pay are social security and payroll tax. But I would welcome a payroll tax relief.
  • lmaooo (29/05/2015, 09:26) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    Juggie please stop talking pure air....
  • +++ (29/05/2015, 09:29) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    check with a financial adviser. Cutting taxes doesn't necessarily work. One has to see where the funds are being used. We need that money but it can be used more constructively for greater good.
  • take that (29/05/2015, 10:10) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
    Vote DION JENNINGS ALLLLLLLL THE WAYYYYYYY FOR THE 6TH DISTRICT.
  • 6th (29/05/2015, 10:35) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    We sticking with the lady with the bag
  • @Juggy (29/05/2015, 10:51) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who you fooling. We already do not pay taxes on essential food items and construction items.

  • The TRUTH (29/05/2015, 10:51) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply

    The BVI has the lowest taxes on companies and its citizens IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! We only pay income tax and duties on imports. There are a few other small fees like vehicle licensing, land taxes, trade license renewals etc. that are minimal. We pay no fees for solid waste removal, no environment tax, no sales tax, no taxes towards education, nothing. We pay a measly 8% tax as employees with the first $15K exempt (correct me if I'm wrong). We pay 21% on importing vehicles and between 5%-20% on electronics etc. In the Region these figures are 5 times or more than us. We pay such low taxes and then depend on Government for everything. Where does bush cutting funds come from? Where does money come from to fly out persons without insurance? Where does money come from to build and fix schools? Where does money come from to pay the bill for lighting and other things at recreational facilities? We need to wake up in this place and stop fooling ourselves. We should be contributing more to our Territory instead of crying all the time. The only way we can take care of the less fortunate is for those of us that are fortunate, to contribute more as we can comfortably afford. This is how genuinely caring people think. Stop trying to rape the country at every turn! Juggy you are talking sh*t and you know it. As a man that deals with figures I'm so ashamed at the nonsense you are throwing around. I can't blame you 100% for you must follow your leader.

    • YOWW (29/05/2015, 14:37) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
      School and health Care Are a Need and not a want...Fool... you just cant cut that out..you asked where does the funds in the reserve come from?? how about Immigration and labor .... you say the wealthy should pay o "contribute mire..,,good luck with that. the wealthy only want more..
      how i understand this nhi thing I read that the wealthy are exempted or pay equal to the poor man.. how do the NDP help the poor remind me again?
      • do your research (30/05/2015, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The poster obviously knows that those are needs. DUH. Where did you read that the wealthy are exempted? I read it's 3.75% of every employed person's salary. I support NHI but ask that the NHI board ensure that they 'do their research' to ensure that we will get the needed coverage in the event of an emergency. It can work and it works in other jurisdictions. I don't want to know that anyone can't access healthcare local or overseas because they do not have health insurance - NHI needs to cover that.
  • LOL (29/05/2015, 11:35) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
    Juggie they write u off but u will surprise dem
    • Of course... (29/05/2015, 14:41) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      Of course Juggy will surprise them, when he secures less votes than Dion Jennings.
  • Waste of an "X" (29/05/2015, 12:13) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    We wont even waste our X on you this time to prove us wrong again....this time you will not even be considered! We are sick of putting yall back in power to screw things over....
  • talk (29/05/2015, 15:16) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    VIP will cut taxes, hire more people, pay increments, give out more contracts, fund small business, build new homes, build water parks, build new ports and other facilities, take care of the small man. Isn't it too early for Santa Claus stories?
  • gee (29/05/2015, 17:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    there is consumption tax in the bvi??!!
  • ABC (29/05/2015, 17:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Juggy trust me, at the rate at which this Government is borrowing and spending it would not supprise me if we would not be forced to exercise our only option, "raid the Social Security funds."
  • vip (29/05/2015, 18:18) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Don’t fall for it people
    NDP won in 2011 and promised government in the sunshine
    For 3 and a half years there was no transparency
    For three and a half years they filled the public service with their cronies
    For three and a half years they lived the high life on the taxpayer
    For three and a half years the NDP look down on people
    For three and a half years the make them friends them rich
    For three and a half years them ignore the people
    For three and a half years the NDP hate the media and press
    For three and a half years they left the public service with very low morale
    For three and a half years the NDP spent a fortune on consultants who did nada
    Now at the last minute they come begging for votes
    Now at the last minutes they throwing concrete here and there to fool the people
    Now at the last minute they spending hundreds of thousands on advertising to fool the people
    Come JUNE 8
    Vote VIP all the way
    Vote for your true interests
    Not the interest of the NDP and their cronies
  • @ vip (30/05/2015, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    From 2007 to 2011 - VIP wasted money on 6 greenhouses - when they ONLY needed to start with ONE
    From 2007 to 2011 - VIP ignored the schools and wasted media coverage of 98% pass rate
    From 2007 to 2011 - VIP fired NDP appointees and put their people in place
    From 2007 to 2011 - NDP did not stay quiet in the house
    From 2007 to 2011 - nothing done in the 5th district
    From 2007 to 2011 - VIP offered no incentive for small businesses, did not finish the hospital, paid for Judge Mathis to come, paid out contracts that still have no closure etc etc etc
    From 2011 to 2015:
    Technical High School
    Schools in the 6th district have their representative's full support
    Hospital completed
    6th form and other positive changes in the education system
    Trade assists small business owners with financing and business development
    More interaction with the fishermen (despite the controversy portrayed)
    Gun legislation
    Appeal to the youth for bettering themselves - job training, community service, employment registry
    Members on social media - not ONLY for election but accessible to the public

    Vote for BVI's future not for instant gratification.
  • RedStorm (30/05/2015, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the story goes on about politics. If we want a change then examine the manifesto and analyze the true logic of it. We change the VIP the last four years; because we want a change. NDP in power , complete most of their items on their agenda, now we want to change them , because we assume they giving the country away. Please people stand up for what you need and analyze what is needed for this country, it should not fall in the hands of the UK to dictate who should manage this country.

    If we want to play the game in the pond on the bank, let's do it with some other thing. If this government show some progress let's give them a chance , if not , analyze , who would the business people of this world listen to, who will represent us in our only core business of Tourism? Would Disney listen to our representatives? or send them away and ask them not to come back? There is a lot to politics, business and governance. Lets take these next 7 days to analyze where we need to see our country in the next four years.


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