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Prices & taxes gone up while ‘rate of pay constant’ in VI- Hon Malone

August 31st, 2022 | Tags: Carvin Malone taxes prices burden taxpayers SAP HOA
Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has called on legislators to find ways to ease the burden on the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) as, according to him prices for goods and services, along with taxes, have gone up while the rate of pay has remained mostly constant. Photo: GIS/File
According to Hon Carvin Malone (AL), funding originally destined for operations and capital improvements and for development had to be diverted as the territory is expected and has provided the funds required for recovery from these disasters, pandemics and economic fallouts from its own resources as UK grants and UK recovery assistance are not forthcoming. Photo: VINO/File
According to Hon Carvin Malone (AL), funding originally destined for operations and capital improvements and for development had to be diverted as the territory is expected and has provided the funds required for recovery from these disasters, pandemics and economic fallouts from its own resources as UK grants and UK recovery assistance are not forthcoming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has called on legislators to find ways to ease the burden on the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) as, according to him prices for goods and services, along with taxes, have gone up while the rate of pay has remained mostly constant.

According to Hon Malone, the taxpayers of the VI are already under strain with having to fund recovery from the various economic fallouts.

‘Taxpayers continue to fund recovery’- Hon Malone

“We must recognise that we a living in what I call a post-disaster-pandemic and war-era: post-2017 hurricanes; post-2020 -2021 COVID Global Pandemic; post a 2021-2022 Commission of Inquiry and an ongoing economic fallout of a Russia Ukrainian war.

“The taxpayers of the Virgin Islands continue to fund recovery from each of these occurrences from regional loans, social security grants, the consolidated fund, the reserve fund, and the miscellaneous purpose fund,” Hon Malone said in a statement on the passing in the House of Assembly (HoA) of the second Supplementary Appropriation (SAP) reducing total estimated expenditure by $8,069,884.

The SAP was approved during the continuation of the 4th Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola on August 30, 2022.

‘No UK Grants & Recovery Assistance forthcoming’

According to Hon Malone, funding originally destined for operations and capital improvements and for development had to be diverted as the territory is expected and has provided the funds required for recovery from these disasters, pandemics and economic fallouts from its own resources as UK grants and UK recovery assistance are not forthcoming.

“Nevertheless, as legislators, we are called upon to recognise the economic strains that are being exacted on each household and on the citizens of the Virgin Islands.

“We must find ways to ease the burden and lighten the economic loads. The prices of food, energy, transportation, taxes, and everyday living have all risen and yet the rate of pay has remained constant in most measures. This is not easily fixed as, like fuel charges, it affects the price of goods and services in each economy.”

According to the Opposition Member, all efforts must now be centered on legislating, approving, and assenting to the various revenue-raising measures proposed in earlier meetings.

“There is a balance and together we must seek and have it resolved for the benefit of all. I so resolve,” Hon Malone stated.

28 Responses to “Prices & taxes gone up while ‘rate of pay constant’ in VI- Hon Malone”

  • only now (31/08/2022, 20:00) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Only now you see that ? Fahie promised to stop the gourging and you and he never did anything, now it’s outta control
  • Well look Thing (31/08/2022, 20:14) Like (48) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wasn’t you on the other side of the government? You had every opportunity to make a change so don’t talk now!
    • hmmm (01/09/2022, 07:56) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      And he was a Minister too..sitting in Cabinet where only 3 of them control the decisions of the country. Shame
  • Sikayuh (31/08/2022, 20:30) Like (40) Dislike (2) Reply
    U make sure u set. Where was all this when u was a member of government. Now u blowing all this hot air. Damn empty vessel. Try guh sidung
  • m AL Lone (31/08/2022, 20:42) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    WELL THE DOCTOR IS BACK , AND THE ONE
    GOOD THING IS HE CAN C????
  • well sa (31/08/2022, 20:50) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    His government shutdown our economy and now fahie left them on sidewalk, homeboy got a set of idle chat

    we not back in the 60s carvin so try to be more productive: u took office 2019 hoisted in 2022 and U did nothing to pockwood pond

  • Hmm (31/08/2022, 21:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    SHUSHH!!
    • Get Rid A Dem.. (01/09/2022, 05:21) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      St Kitts, Grenada, St Vincent and BVI next..All of them need to go... They are greedy and very selfish, when they vote for themselves to get increase, no thoughts of poor people... I hope the new constitution change where "no public servant elected or appointed can take part in their own salary increases or anything that benefit them financially"...
  • Never (31/08/2022, 21:20) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never cease to amaze me. Hike from 2017 to present brother where were you all the time. Oh let me remind you that you sat in the government now you on the opposition all these hikes came under your watch. No mercy for the people then, mercy now how ironic. You all sat at the helm and you all allow tax hikes on people property even when we were without repair and money to repair. Some without a roof over their heads now you come here speaking about hikes. For heaven sake go sit down. The struggle was real then and so it is today. A loaf of bread from overseas costing nearly $7.00 cornflakes $9.plus, 18 eggs $6.99 a dozen eggs 4.plus.to see a doctor price gone up. House rent gone up everything gone up. Light Bill's gone up. Interesting statement
  • m ALL AH lone (31/08/2022, 21:34) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hi doc , We are very happy your sight has returned , we're you one of those who sat in the street , or you were smart enough not to take part in that acting job
  • Hmmn (31/08/2022, 21:42) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    The prices only went up after you crossed the floor. Sick of hearing you!!!
  • Cindy (31/08/2022, 21:55) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    tell the people about the covid 19 money while you have the microphone
  • Windy (31/08/2022, 22:17) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    I voting for carvin
  • Real Talk (31/08/2022, 22:18) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Vincent said he wouldn’t do it because the employers wouldn’t like him he said nothing then so why now he talking about something his government had a chance to fix
  • nothing (31/08/2022, 22:40) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now. I never saw this man on the news like this
  • Mandu (31/08/2022, 23:30) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    We still in the woods. Get real.
  • Really (01/09/2022, 00:38) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all are really listening to the man who sold us out wow. How can people trust these puppets. I keep telling you all they are following a script. This puppet works for the elites and he has to do what they say or they will be killed or fired. You can't go to work and do what you want you have a job description and you must follow it just like he's doing .ask yourself why is every government talking about the same thing.
    • Sell out (01/09/2022, 11:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Really so true!! Only whose eyes are open will be able to see one of the greatest deceptions of all times!
  • Foy large n incharge.. (01/09/2022, 05:14) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    We all know that Foy was large and incharge and ruled with an iron fist, his members was under his dictatorship and obeah spell, they had to go along with him,,, So don't blame him now for speaking out. He is right. Wages need to increase $11.00 per HR..or atlases minimum $9.50.pee hr. That is barely living wage... Hope the others see the need for people to live...These businesses are making lots of profit, they can afford to do that, they usual complain when they expect to make 3 million profit and only make two..they are still doing very well.. Put the people first for a change, increase minimum wage..
  • Study Economics (01/09/2022, 07:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is plenty of revenue to sustain a vibrant economy and rebuild from the hurricanes. The problem is idiots like carvin have been managing the taxpayers money and now we have nothing to show for it beyond a fisherman’s wharf in baughers bay.
  • resident (01/09/2022, 07:35) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    why didn't you fix i while in power, all you studied was covid vaccine
  • Sell out (01/09/2022, 09:07) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a tangled web we weave when we first set out to deceive. Look how things turn around. From 2020 and just before Head Coach got arrested all we were hearing from this man is vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine!! Everyone was so sick and fed up with hearing that! Carvin ignored EVERYTHING ELSE!! We have so many homeless persons and mentally challenged persons walking the streets and this man has not done anything to correct this unfortunate state in the Territory because he had a mandate to fulfill and that was the WAXCINE!!! I am sorry, but please, ah beg you, don't put your name on that ballot because all the people's eyes will be seeing instead of your name is WAXCINE!!
  • missing (01/09/2022, 10:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    YEP , THE ONLY THING THAT IS NEEDED IS A SANTA CLAUS SUIT , AND ITS EARLY X MAS ( OR X MINISTER WHO GOT KICKED OUT AND NOW SEEKING REVENGE FOR THE EMBARRASSMENT , WHICH HE BROUGHT UPON THE COUNTRY AND HIMSELF
  • BVI people (01/09/2022, 11:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine your blogging about food and gas and you have your staff only working 20 hours per week. Charity beginning at home and you're home base so you should be helping your staff. Support your own first and far most.
  • ok (01/09/2022, 11:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was wondering if a price hike just reach here yesterday by the timing of the article but now I realise he talking about the same price hike that been going on since he was in government and did NOTHING and said NOTHING about it. I agree with the majority, he need to go siddown. Empty vessels making the loudest noise. I also like the new name he has been given... "Mr Waxcine!" Why he dont just stick to that script!
  • J (01/09/2022, 12:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time to drop the fuel surcharge on our electric bill. It is rediculously high.
  • wellsa (01/09/2022, 19:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You mean to tell me when you was on VIP side you NEVER heard the cry of the people of the salaries and cost of living. It took a change of name for your blind backside to see this. Well trust you have to understand your time would come at the poles and im not sugar coating anything. I wouldnt waste my time and go in there and put and X, I would keep far from you all wicked people in positions.
  • lol (01/09/2022, 23:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man is a hypocrite. Only now he can see this?


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