Friday, June 22, 2007


"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvements, and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."- Thomas Jefferson- Administration: No tax hikes! THE administration says it will not push for any tax hike measures despite the government’s steadily declining revenues in consideration of the private sector’s own difficulties.Press Secretary Charles P. Reyes Jr. said Gov. Benigno R. Fitial has asked the Legislature to pass the bill that will reduce the government’s personnel cost by at least 10 percent without reducing rebates owed to taxpayers.“We don’t believe in tax hikes,” Reyes said. “It’s counter-productive, especially now that the minimum wage is increasing.” “We’ve seen fuel costs rising and we think that it’s unacceptable to increase taxes at this time. And so we want to keep the (rebates) incentive for the businesses and taxpayers,” Reyes said.House Bill 15-196 will allow the government not to pay its workers on at least seven legal holidays and reduce tax rebates by 20 percent.This bill remains pending in the Senate. .......A smart choice indeed. We tend to malign our officials for all the problems we seem to have, but we must never forget to support then when they make wise decisions too. So Governor, kudos to you, this is progressive thinking on your part! ........GED.......

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