Expat tax off table again

| 06/08/2012

indecision.jpg(CNS): The premier has stated that he believes he has the commitment from the private sector supporting revenue measures that will not impact the poorest people and will enable him to remove the tax on earnings of work permit holders, which he had called the 'community enhancement fee'. Confusion reigned on all day Monday after conflicting messages were issued to the media about whether or not a group of business leaders had persuaded McKeeva Bush to drop his controversial tax proposal, and it was not until Monday evening that he said the fee was officially off the table. No details have yet been given about the alternatives, which are believed to include more fees on the financial industry and property fees in tourism zones.

In a short statement Monday evening Bush confirmed that the community fee was now off the table as “robust and credible alternatives” had been identified that did not impact poorer Caymanians, but he did not say what they were.

"I will give an update and confirmation on Wednesday evening at the Mary Miller Hall,” Bush said, following the cancellation of the planned Monday night meeting as a result of the weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Facebook group Caymanians and Expats United Against Taxation submitted a range of possible alternative revenue sources to the premier’s office on Monday afternoon.

“We have come up with some great ideas that are not discriminatory,” said Eden Hurlstone, one of the young Caymanians who founded the group, which lit up the social media scene in Cayman following the premier’s announcement on 25 July that he would be introducing a 10% tax on the earnings of expatriate workers. 

“We don’t think it’s right to ask the guests in our country to repair the financial damage which was as a result of mistakes made by both the UDP and the previous PPM administrations,” he said as he called on government to curtail the extravagant spending and produce audited accounts to show the Caymanian people exactly how it was spending the half a billion dollars it collects from the people every year.

Although there has been no confirmation on the alternatives that the premier has accepted, it is understood that they include increased work-permit fees on the financial sector, as well as further increases on the financial industry across the board. There are also suggestions of a property fee that will impact condos in tourism zones, though this had not been officially confirmed.

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  1. Castor says:

    The tax may be off, but the devel is in the detail. Heavens only knows what new levies are coming our way. In all the uproar, what's happened to the pension. If that also goes by the wayside, well, that's a 5% pay reduction plus your employers' contribution which is a 100% return on your investment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This place gone completely mad. I hear Ossie on Radio Cayman supporting Mac's Expat Tax. Ossie you running with Mark and the Karate Kid awa ?

    How you feel now that even Mac has come to his senses……..well maybe thats a stretch. When you coming to yours BoBo ?????

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t mention karate to John John.

    • Anonymous says:

      Expat taxes or not, direct taxation will come in the next budget that the UK will approve.  I am sure that the UK will reject every budget that does not contain a substantial reduction in expenses and an increase in revenues from a predictiable source.  The budget will have to have direct taxes of some kind, income, property or VAT.  Sad as it  is Caymanians should realise this and face the facts that this is the way forward if we are to get approval from the UK.  Sad day indeed but the government must cut cost and increase revenue.

      • Dred says:

        I disagree completely. There are many many options before we get to that.

  3. Anonymous says:

    XXXX

    Having said the above, I'm going with the casino theory and a couple of other deals that we all know about but don't talk about and frankly happy to have them come on board but I still say we need to reduce our civil service to what is needed to run a city of a population of 55,000 not the size of one to run a city or country that measures in the millions. 

    Seriously can we not centralize 3/4 of the duplicate departments and their staff.  That staff can go work in the casinos.  And if the civil service goes after those of us in the private sector one more time telling us how underpaid they are then we should force them to spend a month in our shoes (the average Caymanian in the private sector) and guess what you won't get to be on your iPhone during work and you may have to work weekends and public holidays and you won't get a lot of training days and you do have to show up and put in a full day's work and you won't get your insurance and your spouses covered 100% and you won't get your pension covered 100% and you will make less money so get over yourselves you may be half of the voting population but guess what there is another half of the voting population and we are getting mighty tired of you all especially when we go and use the services you are supposed to provide us and you treat us like dirt!

  4. Anonymous says:

     

    The time I learned that CIG "expropriated" other people’s money held by Banks, just because it were not touched for 7 years (yes, seven not seventy)  I knew that I would never invest in this country. It was and is a pure "theft', as Forbes said “CIG got promiscuous spending other people's money" .

    The second reason is The Dump- the ticking time bomb that will lead to the environmental catastrophe and endanger my health with a daily dose if carcinogens- in air and water.

    Current developments with tax/budget ;  hatred towards foreign workers  just confirmed that my gut instinct did not fail me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It was strategy all along. MAC knew what uproar he will cause (and still didnt mind…) but he has something up his sleeve that he would otherwise not be able to get passed… We shall wait and see what he will come up next

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you are giving him too much credit…

    • Stop Eating Out says:

      Mr Bush you need to stop drinking that Expatriate coolaide.  It had gone to your head.  Stop eating out.  Something has difinately gone in the food.  Eat home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Up his sleeve..?….It's a CASINO….!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Mac is hanging around ATMs in Macau as we speak.

      • Anonymous says:

        You ain't seen nothing yet baby the worst is yet to come.  The chickens coming home to roost, this is the result of the mass status grant in 2004.  More people, more  demand for services, more spending by government, the pie have to now share in too many pieces.  Cayman is on the fast lane to "Third World" welcome to auster measures.

    • Anonymous says:

      Poor Cayman this is the begining of the end, kind of remind me of 1974-5 when a group of people began to run out of their country because of what they saw coming and sad to say it did happen.  I pray for my beloved island everyday but I must face the fact things are not looking so good.  I don't want taxes here without benefits so off I go to Europe or the USA and pay my taxes atleast I will get benefits.

  6. Anonymous says:

    sure would be interesting to know what the recommendations of the FS, chief officer, and other high ranking officials in ministry of finance have been ….. of course they are not allowed to speak out … we all know mac couldnt balance a checquebook , so where have all these proposals come from ????
    did mac reject the budget presented to him by Ms sonja and her staff and instead rely on his cronies??? what is it with Finance ???? r they incompetent or does Mac just disregard them ????

  7. St Peter says:

    I am still waiting to see the proposals before getting excited.

    I am also still waiting to see whether those other party members have the collective strength of character to remove Mac from Cabinet altogether, and add another member of Parliament to Cabinet e.g. Mr. Glidden or even Mr. Miller.

    We are supposed to be a first class financial center so why did they put someone who claims not to be a 'financial expert' in charge of our finances?

    Please remove him from his post now! Before he does any more damage to our finances, our country, and our reputation.

    Come on guys and the Lady Minister – do what is right for the country at this crucial time!

    Remove him from Cabinet!!!

  8. Libertarian says:

    PPM party left us in financial uncertainty. Now it is the UDP party that is leaving us in national / further financial uncertainty. Vote for an Independent candidate that is humble, listens to people and financial expertise, and cares alot for the people of his country, and you will not be uncertain, because they are transparent and you will know what they stand for.  Don't vote off of personality, who you like and who you don't like. Don't vote off of a campaign message, know them, know where they live, how they relate with family, people, and know their history. Don't put in religious nuts. The electorate has to be inform, it is crucial that we get people not with just the brains, but people in there with upright characters, commonsense, and have a deep love and understanding for the citizens of their country. It is the responsibility of news organizations to also report news and investigate entirely the lives of candidates seeking power so people will know. But if I was a voter, I wouldn't follow the media that much either, because I would have to know that person for myself before I vote for him or her. And not just know them or like them, but know their history and how they are with others.   

    • Anonymous says:

      UDP is not going to leave the country in financial uncertainty. We can say with a great deal of certainty that they are going to leave it in financial squalour, shambles, ruin….. pick a word, any word.

      • anonymous says:

        Oh, I think the last administration did that already.

        • Dred says:

          Whatever PPM did, the last adminstration, UDP did it to the x factor.

          Let's see PPM put us in a financial bind yes.

          UDP has ruinedour reputation, dug us a much deeper hole and burned every bridge along the way.

          I personally in my 40 plus years have never even heard of a government as asisnine as this one. I mean take your pick of messes to elaborate on:

          1) Deals – Dart, CHEC, Cohen & Cohen – just pick one.

          2) Stupid Ideas – DART, CHEC, Mega Quarry, Refinery, TAXES – just pick one

          3) Budget Chaos – Never in history. Only UDP can do it.

          4) Abuse of Office – Boards being removed. CTC being overstepped.

          5) Criminal Investigations – 3 against Premier, 1 against BT MLA and 1 DWI (or DUI) against WB MLA

          We must be the laughing stock of the caribbean.

          Now look we are attacking other Premiers. Goes to show you just when you thought you had reach the bottom of the barrel you can always reach back for a shovel to reach new depths.

          UDP. 2013. There isn't a number they could dream up that would be able to buy my vote.

  9. Waskly Wabbit says:

    Flip-ity-flop-ity Easter's on it's way…

     

  10. Anonymous says:

    It's time for a change. I think all those Caymanians who understand what the real issues are here and are willing to speak out- that's Chaz Hill, Eden Hurlstone, Casey Goff, Nick Pittman, Carolina Ferreira and their supporters- need to take the next step and create a political party that stands opposed to cronyism, self-interest, corruption, waste and incompetence.  This country needs fresh blood in the LA; people who are outside the system and have not been tarnished by it.  Too many of our MLAs on both sides have had their noses in the trough for far too long and they're only interested in preserving the status quo. If they have their way we'll be back here having this same discussion next year and the year after and the year after no matter how much new revenue is raised. It's time for a change.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It was all a shake-down as usual

  12. Anonymous says:

    I cant help but noting that we were promised to hear a confirmation of the budget from the UK by Friday of last week. (3 August 2012). Could this possible mean that the governement did receive an asnwer from the UK which showed that they rejected the budget, then without announcing this to the public, the government run to meet with private sectors.mmmmmm I wonder.

    I still would love to know if the UK did not  approve that budget.

    • Anonymous says:

      That's what I just heard. Emergency meetings in progress. UK rejects budget and says cut $70M from expenditure.

      • SSM345 says:

        Mac: "Wah dis i hearing bout rejecshun from dem UK peoples over my budget? Emergency meetin? Da nah goin wuk, I in Jamaica doin dis an dat. "

      • Anonymous says:

        I've just heard this too.  The UK apparently declined the budget because they thought the tax would bring in a lot less than expected due to expats leaving or getting around the new tax law.  So Mad Mac tries to spin it as him being open-minded and listening to voters.  Now he'll come up with another crazy scheme and blame us for it.

         

        God knows they can't raise duty any higher, they can't raise the fees businesses pay here any higher, they can't raise work permit fees any higher and we know they're committed to continuing their lavish spending so something's got to give.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is it possible to make a FOI request of the UK government to see if the budget was or wasn't approved?

  13. Anonymous says:

    macidiot, or should I call you the TAX MAN

    Your time in office is up, you are too ignorant to do the right thing by resigning but you and your party are finished in the next election

    Bye Bye TAX MAN

  14. The Devil's Advocate says:

      So on Saturday, Scott, Foster, Kirkconell-Shaughnessy, McTaggart & AL Thompson were all ( Insinuated to be ) 'Liers' …

      Monday morning, different tune ….

      We all know WHO the 'Lier' is Mr Premier, and it isn't any of those upstanding Caymanian citizens.

     Why has no-one (the UDP) Thrown this despot out of office as yet?

     Why are you all so afraid of one so willing to 'Fiddle while our country burns'?

  15. Knot S Smart says:

    I woke up with a hangover this morning even though I did not drink.

    And I am making plans to get off of this roller-coaster as soon as possible…

    • Anonymous says:

      Knot S Smart, I have to tell you, I look forward to your posts.  Always give me a little laugh for the day, in the midst of all the bad news.    Keep them coming.

  16. Anonymous says:

    CNS, I note that you do not have a picture accompanying this article… may I suggest a pair of flip flops?

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is so destabilizing! He is killing us with his rants and lunacy. Once again the extreme importance of how you vote. Please please I beg of the sensible Caymanians, register to vote firstly and vote for intelligent independent thinkers with integrity and humility. At this stage unfortunately I cannot think of a single one of the current lot that meet all of these requirements, and this includes PPM and Ezzard.

    • Anonagain says:

        The problem is that as 'Sensible Caymanians', we are outnumbered by the Ignorant and (funtionally) Illiterate ones.

      Hence our dillema.

       

  18. Anonymous says:

    In defense of Mac . . . . . .

     

    It is Tuesday.  What profound revelation will he have for us today?

     

    Attention deficit disorder comes to mind.  "My attention to the deficit has brought about disorder in my ability to make rational decisions pertaining to the governance of this country."

     

    "That's my excuse and I stand by it!"

     

    Sincerely,

    Your beloved leader for life

     

  19. Anonymous says:

    Civil service cuts? I thought they were 400% to large?

    Isn’t this just another bandaid to a deeper issue?

    CUT THE CIVIL SERVICE ALREADY!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      I went to the Immigration the other day to extend my visitor's visa. The place was full, no empty chairs, people were standing everywhere. Out of supposed to be working 13 windows, only may be 5 "operated". One hour into waiting, I approached the window 13, I was not greeted with a smile- for at least 15 min the person behind the window stared at his computer, clicking occasionally, not saying a word to me and then returned my papers saying I need to bring more papers and CASH, as they only take cash or checks. Imagine that!! There were no signs anywhere about it. People behid the windows have no name tags or some sort of identification. They were moving slowly engaging into what seem to be endless converstations between themselves, totally ignoring all people in the waiting area. On my second visit, the story repeated itself- in 30 minutes , only  may be 5 people were serviced. The staff behind the windows would disapear, appear, talk to ecah other- they were in no hurry. They woud call for a missing ticket for 5 times, instead of proceeding to the next one. So I witnessed first hand, what "Caymanian efficiency" and kindness were. The only place where I experinced Welcome and smile was customs at the airport. 

      • 14:59 Have you been off Cayman lately says:

        14:59  Have you travelled to Miami lately?  Take a trip and I am sure you will be swetting by the time you reach outside.  Cayman Immigration does not have to smile with you all.  Take a trip to Cuba, and you will want to get back on Cayman Airways before it leaves.  Talking about not knowing what is going on in the world, check out other places before you critize our immigration.  What are you lookinf for anyway?=

        • Anonymous says:

          21:23 I think your attack on 14:59 might be because they mentioned they were here on a visitor’s stamp. Is that really how you want the visitor’s to our country to perceive our country by the way Immigration line people treat them which is also how they treat Caymanians by the way. It costs nothing for them to smile and say “I am processing your workplease take a seat and I will call you back up in a moment” many do that but the latest batch they have have gone downhill rapidly and yes I have travelled to Miami lately and the UK and Central America and in each instance I have been greeted with a smile and welcome to our country.

          If it were just Immigration that acted that way fine but general registry good luck, customs, forget about it, lands don’t even bother about the only one is probably civil aviation and the team at the passport office. They actually grasp customer service ideas. The new labour and pension department is a joke they don’t even pick up the phones and five times I have called the new whatever we are calling it human capital workplace agency thingy to try and get someone to tell me where I register jobs for Caymanians and no one answers phones or returns emails where I am legitimately trying to hire Caymanians and my favorite this week I was at Governors Beach eating lunch and an NRA truck pulled up and out tumbled three kids while the guy sat there on his phone the kids headed for the icecream truck and crawled back in and I saw the sign saying no riders allowed I wonder if a gas card was used to fuel that icecream run

        • Anonymous says:

          The person is critizing what she observed when she came here. Not any other country. If she goes Cuba she would still write the same thing. Its better to remain silent than to write that dump comments you just wrote.

      • Brumby says:

        You got off easy! My record is in at 8:30am and out at 3:45pm, and that is the GOD HONEST TRUTH.

      • Anonymous says:

        Huh. I have been to Immigration several times myself recently and have been treated each time to swift and courteous sevice. And no, I am not a government employee.

      • Beach Bhoy says:

        The Immigration building, like Customs, is a place where the truly mediocre like to exert their "it's my island" power trip on innocent visitors.  I have never gone there and obtained satisfactory result on the first visit.  It is a test of patience to bite one's lip and leave knowing one needs to return another day.  The only solace I take is that I know I do not have to live my life as an embittered government drone wearing a uniform with a significant percentage of man made fiber.

  20. A Friend of Cayman says:

    I am a public market CEO and I genuinely enjoy my time spent in Cayman.

    I have heard Mr. Bush’s government tell the Country twice now, (in the most public of ways) that he and his political ilk wish to levy some form of direct taxation against those who reside in these lands.

    First time:
    http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=10385035

    Second time:
    http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2012/07/24/is-direct-tax-coming

    While I feel I know Cayman as a long term visitor, I am an investor with fiduciary responsibilities to his investors; and I don’t have the luxury of sitting on my hands and telling my shareholders that “everything will be okay”, or “I know things are stable in Cayman”, so I have begun the unpleasant task of decreasing my presence in your Country in favor of other jurisdictions.

    I take the time to point out the consequences of such public mismanagement because the Court of public opinion assures that public instability will lead to the greatest losses of your future. If you truly love your Country it is imperative that you not see it burnt to the ground in the popular press, because as the past has shown; perceptions very quickly have a way of becoming reality.

    There is no telling when fortunes will begin to reverse ~ or for that matter, what reversals of fortune are attributable to which particular circumstance.

    • T6 says:

      Glad you share the link. This proves to us that UK did indeed "pressured" the Cayman Islands government to implement a payroll tax.

      Cay Compass then said:

      "Getting that approval will likely be easier said than done. Foreign office officials have warned Cayman that it cannot continue to rely so heavily on its offshore tax status and should not expect added borrowing to be approved based on “one–off” expenditure cuts such as the temporary ‘holiday’ for civil servant pension payments.

      The UK suggested that Cayman “widen its tax base” by considering options like payroll or property taxes.

      Mr. Bush told those attending Thursday’s meeting that government’s position was indeed grave.

      The leader revealed that government was forced to withhold payments in August for civil servant pensions, health care coverage and even some construction projects just to pay civil servants’ monthly salaries."

      See link:- http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=10385035

       

  21. Anonymous says:

    Casinos. There, I said it. Do it now. Increases revenue from a variety of sources, We all know the big hotels are already equipped and waiting to set up so why bother hiding the fact any more.

    The only ones who will be unhappy will be the Churches but bung them a few million and they will be OK in the end , wait and see.

    • Anonymous says:

      We don't have a revenue problem.  We have a spending problem.  We need to open the books and reign it in.  If not now, when?!?  

    • Good/BadIdea says:

      Casinos are not necessarily a bad idea. UDP administration handing out casino licenses is a very bad idea!!! If you think that there is XXXXX now!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mac for listening to the business sector, thank you Gene Thompson, Bing, Brigette, Roy and Woody for convincing Mac there are better alternatives!

    • Anonymous says:

      How do we know their alternatives are better? Have we heard what they are?

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman has become like the story of the  man and his son that was leading their donkey to the market to sell  instead they listen to every suggestion that was make along the way.   Instead of doing what they knew was right the listened to every suggestion bad and otherwise and in the end they ended up losing the donkey.  If the leader of this country continues to listen to every one and not what he knows is best he will end up with a failed country without natural resources or industries.  It is really sad to see where this place is heading and at the end of the day only poor Caymanians will be left to suffer the consequences like every other country.  Then what austure measure, poverty and crime?  This is one time that the leaders of this country not just the Premier had better put their differences aside and work for what is in the best interest of this country and come to a good solution.  This party politics has divided us so much that we cannot work together for the better good of this country we only work against each other to tear down for political postering.  This is a very sad chapter in the history of this island and if it continues much longer I see these islands sliding down a slippery slop to the bottom.

      • R.U. Kidden says:

        "If the leader of this country continues to listen to every one and not what he knows is best"……

        Wow!  When has he listened to ANYONE!  When has he EVER known what is best!

    • Anonymous says:

       Thank you Gene Thompson, Bing, Bridgette, Roy, Woody and Mr. Scott.  You are all Caymanians that have the interest of the Cayman Islands at heart.  I am confident that your proposal will be the very best and you will come up with very good solutions that will benefit the entire island.  I don't want to have to leave my tax free islands to go anywhere that I have to pay taxes.  I know that you have found the perfect solution and await your suggestion.

  23. Double Entry says:

    Moved my cash "offshore" this week.  Ironic that it seems prudent to move money away from Cayman bank accounts, but since the Premier seemed so keen on discriminatory taxes, I am not taking any chances.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Slight" overreaction on your part (if you actually did this an not just spewing rhetoric).   The US Congress hasnt passed a budget in several years, is facing a 'fiscal cliff' at year end, and has taken no appreciable actions in reducing its deficit, but rather increasing it.

      SO, these issues arent endemic to Cayman;  Instead of "US"in the above paragraph, you can pretty much insert any nation. 

      At the very least, action is being taken (in a clumsy manner albeit).  More than can be said about the endless political spin and inaction in the US.  

      Chill man.  And dont overreact. 

  24. Anonymous says:

    Why was this our job to come up with alternative proposals again?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because you live on an island where the "people" have choosen a third world 5th grader as the best possible person to represent their (and ONLY their) interest.  He will always do the best he can and he will always be well short of competent.  But he will never ask his people to put in a full day of work or take responsibility for themselves and in return he gets full unauditalbe access to the public purse.  Caymankind.

    • Anonymous says:

       

      Why?

      Because we voted a bunch of money wasting, always flying, forever parting bunch of clueless individuals that should even be running a roti shop to run the country,

      And somehow the biggest joker out of the deck which has a first class education from the West Bay kindergarten school he dropped out from ended up premier and the minister of finance,

       

      And here we are…..

    • Truth Hurts says:

      Because Mac can't actually "lead" anything….

  25. Anonymous says:

    What more fees are private sector going to eat again? No curbs on expenditure? No cs cuts? Hell no!!

    • Anonymous says:

      We will see if the protests continue now that the CEF has been removed.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the banks are going to be further impacted with fees, there will no doubt be some new lay offs of Caymanians coming down the pipe line.

      With the economy in a shambles, the banks are barely breaking even.

    • Anonymous says:

      The private sector will continue to do as ithas done, cut costs, lay off and not replace people who leave. No big Xmas parties, no bonuses. And yes, I DO know what I am talking about. Shame the Govt does not have the balls to do the same with the civil service. 

  26. Anonymous says:

    Obviously he does not know what he is doing..not sure…maybe he has to consult Mr. Dart again for advice or get more money to make the final decision???

  27. Anonymous says:

    I hope that everyone can now see that we have a real idiot "trying" to lead this country. If he had any common sense we would not be in the position we are in today. Caymanians please do the right thing and vote out the UPD come 2013that is the only way Cayman will have hope for the future. At present the World is looking at us and calling us fools….the Premier has how many ongoing investigaions related directly to him and he has not been asked to step down…come on Caymanians speak out and speak out. He must go!!!  This is nonsense…West Bayers wake up please and do not give him your vote come 2013 election…we need to take our Country back for future generations to come….he is only worried about his pockets and Darts and mine nor yours….

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you notice how the police have not been able to charge him with anything? 

    • DizzyBlonde says:

      As an expat, if I could vote, I most certainly would and I can guarantee you it wouldnt be for the current Premier. Where else in the world can a  premier be under investigation and NOT forced to stand aside/down???? It's crazy … As for the tax, dont get me started, but thankfully he came to his senses …

      • Anon says:

        In Bermuda with Dr Ewart Brown and the wooden beam gate, where he even jailed the Auditor General to try and force him to give the name of a government whistleblower

        EVentually he did step down, but took a long time and he did get re-elected

      • R.U. Kidden says:

        "Came to his senses"???  Are you kidding?

  28. Far Canal says:

    Increased work permit fees in the Financial Services sector?  Folks, some of the large accountancy firms are already outsourcing significant work to India etc.  Many law firms practice Cayman law from other jurisdictions.  Increased WP fees on just these two sectors of the FS Industry will drive more work away from Cayman in this way. This will have the effect of less professionals being located here, thereby reducing money staying in Cayman by way of rents and other living expenses/discretionary spending. This has a real danger of having a net negative effect on Cayman's economy.

    Why do people keep looking for enhanced revenues?  Yes there may be some legitimate new revenue sources that will not harm the economy, and these should always be explored, not just in times of crisis. BUT we should be focusing on COST CONTAINMENT.  Nobody currently in the LA appears to have the political will or freedom to tackle this problem, and until this happens my beloved country, and yes I am a Caymanian Professional working in one of the above 2 sectors, will continue to spiral downwards.

    The phrase "Third Way" became tired in the UK after the Blair years went sour, but by the love of God we need a true Third Way alternative to the UDP/PPM incompetence that has governed our country for the past 10-12 years.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are of course right – but there will be little sympathy for the law firms some of which act in open defiance of Cayman Law in the way they operate.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Pon d river, pon d bank.
     

    So what about d poor  Civil Servants and d medical insurance contribution. Take dat off too, nuh!

  30. Anonymous says:

    One has to wonder whether these decisions are being made at the same time as his choice of socks for the day, – all at your sole discretion McMercurial.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I just spoke with MacDaddy and he told me that he just realized where all the confusion came from. While he was in Jamaica he was looking at a likkle ting and dropped his speaking notes on the floor. After he picked them is when he found out that they had been shuffled around by his assistant and that had caused the problem.

     

    Pirates Week is going to be renamed Community Enhancement Week. He still plans to take money from expats but it will be called Pirates Party Maintenence (PPM), so that everybody will know whose fault it was, and even blind Bartimaeus knows that maintenence is a fee and not a tax.

     

     

  32. Anonymous says:

    It's almost like the Premier didn't know what to do in his budget to raise the needed

    money. Not a clue!  

     So now he has all these alternative means proposed to him, he just

    has to pick some of them…No brain straining on his part…

    Or..he proposed one of the worst options possible..so now whatever he comes up

    with, everyone will say..''at least it's not as bad as his original idea""

    Unbelievabe.!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Seriously.  Someone needs to remove this man. He is dazed and confused.  By the time he makes up his mind no one is even going to care anymore as they will have already shipped their business elsewhere.  Even without the tax there is so much that has been done to the personal relationship between Caymanians and Expats its just plain sad.  If he did this, as rumored, to pass something else or to gain votes, he should be removed from office ASAP.  Politicians can do some pretty shady things, but this my friends destroyed something that will take years to repair.  The personal attacks, the clear divide, the hatred…Mr. Bush as a leader you should be ashamed of yourself! 

     

    • Dicktator Must Go says:

      "Mr. Bush, as a leader you should be ashamed of yourself".  Have you any idea who you are referring to.  If that Mr. Bush met up with Mr. Shame, he would ask him to pay a fee to remain in the Cayman Islands.  This man has completely destroyed the integrity of the Cayman Islands.  XXXX  Unfortunately, there are a couple of good men in his party that do not deserve to go down with him, but unless they work for the Caymanians who support them, they will sink along with the premier and his little lap pet, Foolio,  God, I hope Caymanians see what happens when you dangle fortune in front of unethical people.  If our "Beloved Isle Cayman" survives another 9 months of the farce that our Government has become, we should all have a special day of thanksgiving. Right now, I do not think that even prayer will help our situation.  There are good men in each of the existing parties.  Why not think of electing the next government that way.  It is not too difficult to see who wants to help the Caymanians and whichever party they are aligned with , we chose them, then let them elect who would be best in the office of the premier.  McKeeva first announced that Rolston Anglin would be the deputy premier and the following day changed to make the deputy Julianna O'Connor.  We should have seen from that time, where Cayman was heading. You all know McKeeva is not going to change now, the only thing that will improve our circumstances will be for us to ensure he will not be re-elected again.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone check to see if his fingers were crossed behind his back when he said this?

  35. Anonymous says:

    This is bad news for the poorer members of society whi will have to pay more tax to fund the extravegant lifestyle of well off people who can well afford to help out the country in its time of need.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Fund the extravagant lifestyle of well off people who can well afford to help out the country in its time of need"????

      There may be expats in this category but until expenditures have been cut to the bone, especially in the civil service, why would they?

      The problem is expenses people, did you not get the memo?

    • SSM345 says:

      20:34, people like you need to a) stay off of CNS (and generally any and all public domains) and b) need to try and think a little before opening your mouth.

      Never mind.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Expat tax or not, there's going to be 40-50 mil$ taken from the economy to fund the ever expanding budget. This, and not one specific tax, is going to hurt Cayman in the long term.

     

  37. Anonymous says:

    hmm, gambling soon come for Dart and Chec at their respective new hotels…

    • Is it a sin against God says:

      Please give me the Chapter and verse where the bible says playing lotto is a sin in itself.

      Did the old law say gambling is a sin.  The ten commandments did that say it there.  If it was that important it would have been there..

      Under Grace is playing the lotto a sin.  I am witing for the chapter and verse.

  38. Donkey Face says:

    That's todays news.

    In tomorrow's news the expat tax is back on again…

    We can only hope not.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey,

      I am Donkey Face!

      Oh wait, there are thousands of us; we are Donkey Faces!

      Who will produce the T-shirt?  

      Young Caymanian entrepreneur – here is a small business in your lap!

      Signed,

       

      The original (as far as I know) proclaimer of being "Donkey Face"

      I am Donkey Face.

       

  39. Yeah-Right says:

     

    Intelligent individuals: Tax is off the table as we have convinced the premier

    Clueless premier: Say what? you all jumped the gun, nothing is off

    Intelligent individuals: but we have a signed agreement

    Clueless premier: shocks, i forgot about that, ok the tax off again then.

     

    Seriously folks, someone needs to take away the bottle of scotch from this man because drunk captains should not be at the helm

     

    Can't wait to see what the story will transform into tomorrow

    • Anonymous says:

      Tax is off the table due to a few businesses suggestions….doesn't any one begin to wonder what those suggestions are?  Where I don't agree withthe Premiers moves, we didn't vote these businesses in to make suggestions that would make the Premier change his mind entirely.  I am concerned on what and who will be affected now????

  40. Anonymous also says:

    Funny.  He should have asked and/or listened to the people in the first place.  But he has is agenda.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, corruption is one of the elephants in the room. Incompetence is the rhino.

       

      No one seems to want to deal with these painful issues.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ahhh…..you are assuming he represents us "the people'.