UPDATED: No new taxes in 2010/2011 national Budget

PM Skerrit. File pic taken from www.gis.dominica.gov.dm

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister of Finance has advised the local community to continue to display fiscal restraints and responsibility as he presented a $440.3 million Budget this morning.

In outlining his administrations’ plans for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, PM Skerrit announced that no new taxes will be imposed on the populace.

“In the meantime, we will continue to implore all residents to  Dominica is not out of the woods as far as economic challenges are concerned. We cannot play fast and loose with the resources of this country,” he said, at the Fifth Meeting of the First Session of the Eighth Parliament at the House of Assembly, where he sought Parliamentary approval for Estimates of Expenditure for the financial year ending June 30, 2011 amounting to EC$440,307,922.

“Our three-year Tax Reform Programme is all but complete. We will now have to access how the economy is responding to those measures. We have proposed however to pursue greater efficiencies in the areas of tax and revenue collections as well as minimizing of wastage and enhance output and productivity,” Hon. Skerrit explained.

According to him, during the course of this fiscal year, government will also examine the report on the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Monetary Council Appointed Tax Reform Commission.

He said if during the course of this year, there is a need to review and revise benefits and lines of assistance to special interest groups government will do so.

House Speaker Alix Boyd-Knights adjourned the House for tomorrow where the Budget debate will continue.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has decided to further boycott Parliament and not attend the Budget debate.

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30 Comments

  1. Mouche Miel
    July 14, 2010

    USA- Gov’t gives go-ahead test to BP’s ” Integrity test” on well.
    Will Skerrit & his Bandits give go ahead to IPO test cause we are sure in a well.The US’s well spill is into day 85 how long will our lackof integretiy go on for 85 yrs? Skerrit already said he could go for another 10 yrs.Go Baby Doc go.. Not even cocoa tea let alone integrity.

  2. Sout Man
    July 13, 2010

    @ Marigot: Get your facts before you call others fool. How can D/A’s budget be “bigger than the US”? The 2010 US budget is 3.6 trillion dollars. That is, three trillion plus 600 billion. D/A’s budget is four hundred and forty million, three hundred and seven thousand, nine hundred and twenty two. It takes more words to describe it, but it’s not even worth half of one billion. We do not have to multiply by the exchange rate to determine how large the US budget is, in comparism to D/A’s.

  3. go
    July 13, 2010

    I support Stay Tuned 100%…

  4. xmxn
    July 13, 2010

    @Power to the People: you think is a joke what going on in DA there talk nonesence still you time will come when you will shut the H//// UP

  5. YES I
    July 13, 2010

    @STAY TUNED: STAY TUNED SHUT YOUR BLACK A%$ IS NOT NOTHING ABOUT WHEN THEY GOING TO ATTEND THE HOUSE AND ALL THAT F&*^%$# JAZZ ALL YOU WIN JUST ENTER THE BLOOD CLAT HOUSE. YOU COME BACK WITH YOUR NONSENSE AGAIN BUT I HAVE IT OUT FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU TRUST ME I READYYYYYYYYYYY LIKE FREDDY FOR YOU. CHANGE YOUR DAMN WAYS I HOPE YOU BETTER THAN THAT PM EH THEY DOES ALWAYS SAY DO NOT THROW STONES WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS F&^%$#@ GLASS I HOPE YOUR YARD IS SPARKLY CLEAN

  6. Power to the People
    July 13, 2010

    @Madam Speak It: Whats your beef? You all did not want to go to the House now the Our Most Honourable PM should have inform them early enough so then they can attend the Budget Address. What crap. Stay out!!! Thats where UWP belong. They chose their spot. How you make your bed, you will sleep. Stop the crying. Who beat you.

  7. Madam Speak It
    July 13, 2010

    MR PM if what you said in your BUDGET is gospel truth then why was IMF in Dominica for the entire month of January 2010 and you didnt want the nation to know?

    Why was and why is the IMF questionning our finiancial status? Why were you mad at what the IMF said to you re removing our country in the RED?

    You claim things are so nice in Dominica why are so of the bank accounts for various government accounts in an overdraft? etc etc I will stop here.

    Tell the nation what the IMF told you to do Mr PM TELL us why was it ommitted in ur budget?

  8. Madam Speak It
    July 13, 2010

    What all u believe nuh Eddie and Spags are dogs nuh. All u so call leader didnt want them to be in the house its plain to see. Skerro pretending to be Mr NIce boy where as his just a wolf in sheeps clothing. We all know that members of parliament are to be informed of the seating of the house a few days before; didnt he know that he was going to have the budget debate to put the by elections earlier so that every thing would be in other and then the opposition would be given early notice of the budget debate in the house. Both Skerro and the cwapo playin dirty man. and then makin it look like is UWP that bad. Common. when he finish he sayin he dont want a one party state when all his ACTIONS and that of MISSY BOYD is to have a one party state. Eddie you all did right late invitations are for DOGS. Further more its about time you all’s issues are addressed its like what you all say doesnt matter for those business minded people isnt that a form of AUTOCRATIC Leadership on behalf of the PM and his 23 coherts..

  9. wesley
    July 13, 2010

    @DA/CANADA: leave CANADA can come home AZZ.

  10. marigot
    July 13, 2010

    @Power to the People: your jack-azz good budget? were is he going to get the money BEGGGGGGG and Dominica will always remain owing to another man. people think where in HELL is Dominica getting that money a budget bigger than the US.this is just a big joke lip service for FOOOOLS.

  11. concern dominican
    July 13, 2010

    I want to know as a dominican if money is alocated in the budget for I>D cards and cleaning up the voters list these things need to be taken care of now.

  12. jahlive, redemption soon come
    July 13, 2010

    The next level….. What a Hoot!!!!

    Wait and see… no more set taxes, but we will pay through our noses….. we can barely afford to eat, see what’ s next. maybe they should give back some of the money they took, and reduce that budget…

    maybe the FIU should conduct some more investigations and seize some more dinero……who knows….. but I wonder …..from skerro.

    Dominica is DOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!

  13. CAca Beef
    July 13, 2010

    i listened to the budget from what i heard the man touch some very important bases
    We all know that out there some negative peoples will always be negatives no matter what was introduces as long it’s not their political party, the sad part they all think alike good or bad they oppose
    So lets’ leave the bitter and disgruntled opposers and their leader do what they love to do, the other 18 more constituencies needs improving

  14. July 13, 2010

    Ok now I see why Ron and his gang stay away.he got not a thing to cry about.

  15. STAY TUNED
    July 13, 2010

    The low level of intelligence across this country is once again being displayed. The UWP has said way before any vacating of seats that it is and will always be their intention to attend parliament. They specifically stated under what conditions and circumstances, but did not give any specific date or seating in which to expect them. When they won the bi-elections on Friday, they repeated again that it was and is still their intention to attend parliament. They never said it was their intention to attend parliament “on tuesday”. English and common sense is lacking across this country.

    Yesterday at mid-morning, notices for parliament session was sent to the elected members, when the LAW says that they should be given 2-3 days notice and NOT less than 24 hours.

    That is why Dominica aint going anywhere anytime soon. We have people in high office breaking laws and we have citizens who do not see it fit to call on them to obey the laws, simply because of the blind support to their party.

    I will hear about allu in due time…

  16. Naomi
    July 13, 2010

    No new taxes is good, can you go more in depth as to where exactly the Pm stated money was going to be allocated to. So we can have a more productive debate on this budget

  17. O_o
    July 13, 2010

    No new taxes? Have you been on the port lately?

  18. Riu
    July 13, 2010

    All u know that not true, all u know the prices of good going up just now, They’ll tax us on the port, they’ll tax us on gasoline,, the excuse will be “The oil spill in America”

    Some of us are just too dumb to see these things, but trust me it coming………..

  19. true dat
    July 13, 2010

    @Patriot: Just leave those idiots alone. If the people were not invited and were enthusiastic about attending the House they would have said so. Common sense.

  20. Patriot
    July 13, 2010

    @Anonymous: Invited?! What you think this is? They, like every other member, would be notified through communication from the office of the House of Assembly.

  21. DA/USA
    July 13, 2010

    @Power to the People: Under the celler looking for what we call tootty when were children.

  22. dominican
    July 13, 2010

    COULD WE GET A FEW MORE DETAILS ON THE BUDGET. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT PLEASE DNO…

  23. Anonymous
    July 13, 2010

    were they invited to the meeting?

  24. Anonymous
    July 13, 2010

    were they invited to attend the meeting?

  25. Nac Vibes
    July 13, 2010

    Good news, that should help most people in these hard times. As a leader, you can never please all of the people all of the times you do things. There will always be those who are specialized in finding fault in whatever you do.

    And there are those who follow blindly.

  26. Power to the People
    July 13, 2010

    Good budget!!! The opposition can continue playing in the yard. Who needs them?

  27. DA/USA
    July 13, 2010

    That is nice give the people a break, times are really hard. God is good all the time. All the time God is good

  28. Following their master like poddles
    July 13, 2010

    At 7.40 on Tuesday morning Crazy was on the radio talking about closing down for a short while to renovate and soundproof his place. At 11.25 am that same the Pm in his budget introduce an new item about an entertainment subside/soft government loan for entertain owners. What a coincedent. Crazy boy u lucky or your timing really good

  29. hmm
    July 13, 2010

    Now more that ever i believe that the uwp should be in parliament.
    Come on guys go do your job! Did you all not say that you would be attending?

  30. July 13, 2010

    Good news, that should help most people in these hard times. As a leader, you can never please all of the people all of the times you do things. There will always be those who are specialized in finding fault in whatever you do.

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