Stop wast­ing money on tun­nel stud­ies Al­ter­nat­tiva Demokratika

Malta Independent - - BUDGET 2017 -

Al­ter­nat­tiva Demokratika called on the govern­ment to stop wast­ing money on stud­ies for a tun­nel con­nect­ing Malta and Gozo and in­stead in­vest in in­cen­tives that would re­duce the use of ve­hi­cles.

AD chair­man Prof. Cas­sola praised the in­crease in work ben­e­fits but called for a re­vi­sion of the min­i­mum wage pack­age. He said that what was pro­posed does not re­flect the cur­rent govern­ment’s rhetoric of a boom­ing econ­omy, stress­ing that it should re­flect the “qual­ity of life that we aspire to.” AD wel­comed the in­tro­duc­tion of in­cen­tives in the rental mar­ket for low-in­come fam­i­lies but also said that there were not enough, and the sug­ges­tions that were pro­posed may be in­ef­fec­tive.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a tax on con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als would also al­low the in­dus­try to give back to the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to Cas­sola, but stressed that AD would much rather see a “mora­to­rium” on large-scale de­vel­op­ments.

He also crit­i­cized the re­duc­tion in stamp duty on prop­erty in Gozo, fear­ing that it would in­duce over-devel­op­ment and have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on Goz­i­tan life.

With re­gard to the trans­port sec­tor, Cas­sola wel­comed the in­tro­duc­tion of ini­tia­tives in pub­lic trans­port, but said that this is not a so­lu­tion to the traf­fic prob­lem and pol­lu­tion.

Cas­sola also ex­pressed re­gret that the govern­ment once again for­got about the in­tro­duc­tion of in­cen­tives for bi­cy­cle and their elec­tric coun­ter­parts.

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