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Jun 1, 2020

Tax Reform and Public Sector Reform in Proposed Economic Recovery

John Saldivar

The wage bill for public officers has ballooned significantly since the United Democratic Party first assumed office in 2008.  The cost of paying salaries for teachers and other public officers hangs heavy as one of government’s biggest financial responsibility.  Saldivar proposes a streamlining of the public sector to modernize its operations.  Likewise, he proposes tax reform, a conversation that has been on the table for many years, but has failed to come to fruition.

 

John Saldivar, Area Representative, Belmopan

“We also looked at public sector reform.  The public service has to change.  One of the good things, I think, that came out of COVID-19 is the fact that the public service had to work shorter hours and they were able to do so.  I haven’t heard of much problems caused by that and we had to look at working from home as an option.  That has also worked out well in many instances, so we need to see how we can streamline the public service and get it to be more technologically involved in terms of delivery of service.  I also spoke about tax reform, something that has been on the table for a long time, but we still need to do a comprehensive review of our tax system to see how we can make it more, in my view, more encouraging for production, local production and exports.  We spoke about land reform, definitely any talk about agricultural reform has to go in tandem with land reform because to do agriculture, to expand agriculture we need land and so that has to go hand in hand, and so I came up with a land reform proposal.”


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