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Dr. Minnis on PLP’s Electrical Costs Subsidy
By The Free National Movement
Apr 19, 2017 - 11:19:17 AM

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Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s promise to subsidize consumer electric costs:

“More promises for the Progressive Liberal Party, which means there must me election coming up. This time they are telling the Bahamian people they will subsidize electric utility costs. As typical from the PLP, their latest grandiose promise comes with very little to no detail, just a stream of lofty language with a lot of caveats. But as with many of their broken promises, the people are wondering - how exactly would such a fiscally irresponsible PLP government pay for this program without taking our economy further down the drain?”

“Ironically this latest campaign promise comes from a party that while in power showed great indifference to families who had lost electricity during the 2016 power outages. While many Bahamians were forced to struggle for weeks without power, the PLP allowed a vacant Baha Mar to keep receiving power. This was happening even though Baha Mar had tens of millions of dollars in unpaid electric bills. After years of the PLP’s broken promises the people know this is more baseless, empty rhetoric from a party that sees their hold on power slipping away.”

“Let’s turn to the realities. Plans require action and actions bear consequences. Although the PLP’s plan doesn’t include fiscal data, we all know they have no plan to fund this program therefore nothing will come of it. It’s another election year promise.”

“The FNM understands that returning the government to fiscal responsibility and accountability will spur long-term growth. And diversification will exponentially improve the standard of living for all. Focusing on job growth will strengthen the ability for each and every Bahamian to provide for their families. Bahamians aren’t buying the PLP’s empty rhetoric; they have heard it all too many times. They demand a government that does more than talks; they desire one that acts in their best interest.”

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