Stop wasting money on tunnel studies Alternattiva Demokratika
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.