UDP collected most fees
(CNS): Each year since taking office the UDP administration has collected more cash for government coffers from duty, fuel and fee increases than any other administration, but every year it has also spent more. Even when compared to the financial year 2005-06, when significant duty was collected as a result of the Ivan reconstruction, revenue was still less than $500 million. This administration has squeezed the public and business community for more and more cash each year, and despite the cuts the premier says have been made to core government operating expenses, this financial year the bill will exceed a half billion dollars, with the community coughing up more than $590 milllion.
The taking and spending has also been higher when statutory authorities are taken into consideration, despite the assertion that this government is managing the public finances better than its predecessor. In addition, if government had paid into the past service liability for the civil service pension as the previous administration had done, things would be even worse.
Independent MLA Ezzard Miller said that the situation makes a mockery of the claims by Premier McKeeva Bush that his government’s main success has been managing public finances.
“Mr Bush keeps referring to the success of his government in the restoration of responsible financial management. That is utter rubbish,” the North Side member said. “It could not be further from the truth. No government in history has made the stupid and ignoramus decisions that have been committed by this administration.”
Miller said there had been considerable of abuse of processes by the government that are there to improve financial management and protect the public purse. He pointed to numerous situations of mismanagement, from the paving of private driveways in the Brac to the legal settlement to GLF, as well as the Cohen and Co controversy.
In its first full year in office, in complete contrast to the budget it had presented to the Legislative Assembly, the UDP government collected over $502 million but then spent more than $517 million. The next year the government took in $525 million but spent well over $520 million. In the last financial year it collected an estimated whopping $535 million in revenue, but after coming back with appropriations of more than $50 million, once the figures are confirmed it is expected to have spent a massive $580 million.
When the budget was first drafted the public sector bill for 2012/13 was estimated to be around $660 million and it is this shocking figure that government has been trying to hone down to a manageable level since the start of the year.
Miller said that with record revenue collection but continued public sector increases, McKeeva Bush, who is also the minister of finance, could under no circumstances claim any credit for improving financial management.
The independent members said the people of Cayman could no longer put up with this type of poor governance, and called on every Caymanian to step up and save their country.
“It is time now for all Caymanians who are able, both young and old, to come forward to put an end to this bad governance and help save the country,” he said. Miller added that everyone needed to get involved, especially intelligent professional Caymanians, who were needed to run for office.
He asked others who did not want to join the political race to scrutinize more closely than ever before the behaviour of government representatives and demand more from them both now and in the future.
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