Ingraham back peddled on slapping late fee on all business owners

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Hubert Ingraham as Minister of Finance threaten to slap $5000 late fee on all business owners

The Jungaliss FNM government came out attempting to back peddle a Cabinet decision following a complete meltdown in the Business Licensing Unit today, as scores of person made their way to meet the Government’s deadline to license a businesses.

Business Owners were cussing mad and many who once supported the outgoing FNM government went to the Parliamentary Registration Office to affirm their status whenever Papa seeks to call a General Election.

The FNM after getting word that the notice they publish in the Gazette was backfiring on them; quickly ran to the WUTLESS MEDIA tonight to state that news of the notice THEY PUBLISHED was absolutely an untruth, and that the $5,000 penalty applied only to persons dragged before the courts. THEY STILL SLAPPIING THE FEE ON SOMEONE!

Bahamas Press publishes the notice to prove what a DAMN LIAR the FNM and its spokesperson Zhivargo Laing is. How could the notice be untrue, when they published it; THREATING business owners on radio and in print days before the business registration deadline? Was it another scare tactic by this FOREIGN NATIONAL MOVEMENT?

BP can confirm the notice was authorized by the Cabinet and published by the Ministry of Finance’s Financial Secretary. Today was April Fools Day and most certainly the joke was not on business owners, but is now on the FNM! 

IF YOU FAIL TO RENEW FOR YOUR BUSINESS LISCENCE IN TIME THE FNM GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SLAP A $5,000 late fee on you. Now that’s what we call MURDERING THE BUSINESSES IN THE BAHAMAS! THE FOREIGN NATIONAL MOVEMENT DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES…DEY GATS TA GO!

22 COMMENTS

  1. @ Kim Sands

    NOW YOU’RE GETTING THERE (MOVING TOWARDS CENTER IN YOUR RESPONSES). I AGREE ABOUT ‘MAN A’ GODD” LAING AND HIS ATTEMPTS TO DODGE THE ISSUE. LAING AND V. ALFRED GRAY SHOULD GET AWARDS FOR SHUTTING DOWN THE CONVERSATION WHEN SCANDALS BREAK AGAINST THEM. BOTH PLACED THEIR MATTERS BEFORE THE COURTS ON THE GROUNDS OF DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER CLAIMS, THEN DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FURTHER TOWARDS PROSECUTING. WE (BAHAMIANS) SHOULD KNOW FROM THAT “GAME” THAT THESE CLOWNS ARE PROBABLY GUILTY AS CLAIMED.

    MY CONTENTION IS THAT WE MUST SEVERELY PUNISH ALL, I REPEAT, ALL POLITICIANS FOR NEGLECTING TO CONSULT US ON MATTERS THAT REACH THE THRESHOLD OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE. IN THIS WAY THE OTHERS WHO FOLLOW THEM WILL FEAR SUCH AN ELECTION OUTCOME AND NEVER, I MEAN NEVER, DO THE SAME FOOLISH THING. IT’S NOT SO MUCH ABOUT DISAGREEMENT ABOUT THE INTENT, BECAUSE I DO BELEIVE THAT MOST OF US ARE ON THE SAME PAGE (POLITICIANS AND BAHAMIANS), BUT IT IS THE METHOD OF EXECUTION USED BY MAJORITY PARTY POLITICIANS (BOTH SIDES – CHECK HISTORY). OUR POLITICIANS MUST “FEAR” US OR WHENEVER A NEW CROP IS IN THERE NOTHING WILL RESTRAIN THEM. AMEN!!!

    • Storm, I believe we didn’t get off to a good start and I appreciate you for trying to bring me up to par. Trust me, there is no need for your concern, because I gat this. You see, I am not one of those person blinded by politics and can’t see any wrong because I am dedicated to a particular party. That’s not me all, I am a very open minded and attentive individual, that I have a very good and balanced view of what’s going on in Bahamian politics.
      By the way, I know it wasn’t no angel that visited Papa, I just was trying to be nice and didn’t want say what I really thought it was.

  2. crime blazing in the bahamas while the fnm putting more and more stress on us my lord. this is so sick not one of the fnm mp have the balls to tell this man what he doing is wrong. how could these fnm mp’s knock on my door after all this shit they doing they give away btc. f**K up the road works. dig up exuma sea park. put the port at fish fry. take police out school. close down urban renewal program. stop them projects here and on the islands.i hope the devil dont fool them to come to my house.

      • That’s my girl, I was really sad to hear that happened to her. It could of been much worst, thank God they didn’t hurt her. I could picture the shocked look on her face when she arrived home and saw them coming out of her home and how she always act so polite.

  3. NO ANGEL VISITED “PAPA.” IT WAS THE SUDDENLY REALIZATION THAT THE DECISION HAD ELECTION RAMIFICATIONS THAT WERE INCREASINGLY NEGATIVE FOR HIM AND THE FNM. THE AVALANCHE OF NEGATIVE RESPONSES, EVEN FROM THOSE QUARTERS WERE SUPPORT FOR THE FNM IS STRONGEST (TRIBUNE, GUARDIAN, CABLE 12 NEWS) TOLD THE TALE OF THE TAPE. AS FOR LAING AND HIS FUTILE ATTEMPT AT “SPINNING” IT WAS PATHETIC TO OBSERVE. THAT GREAT HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR, THOMAS CARLYLE WAS CORRECT WHEN HE SAID “NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER” AND THIS IS EVIDENT AS THE PUBLIC RELATIONS WHEELS OF THIS FNM GOVERNMENT ARE FALLING OFF THE WAGON ONE AT A TIME.

    I AM STILL AMAZED HOW SOME BAHAMIANS CAN’T SIMPLY ACCEPT BAD DECISIONS FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE … BAD. DR. ELWOOD DONALDSON WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT WHEN HE SUMMARIZED BAHAMIANS IN BASICALLY THE SAME WAY THAT THE US STATE DEPARTMENT MEMO. DID. HE SAID “IF BAHAMIANS LIKE YOU THEY WILL LIE FOR YOU, IF THEY DON’T LIKE YOU THEY WILL LIE ON YOU.” I WOULD BE ASHAMED OF MYSELF TO BEGIN APOLOGIZING FOR THE CLEAR DISHONESTY AND INCOMPETENCE BEING VISITED ON OUR NATION, ALMOST DAILY, BY SOME OF OUR LOCAL POLITICIANS (ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY WON’T APOLOGIZE THEMSELVES – “PAPA” HAS NOT YET APOLOGIZED TO THIS NATION FOR SAYING IF YOU ALLOW BAHAMIANS TO RUN BTC THEY WILL RUN IT INTO THE GROUND WITHIN 3 YEARS, YET “BAHAMIANS” SHOWER HIM WITH PRAISES AT RALLIES AND OTHER PLACES). THIS CONDITION OF REFUSAL TO APOLOGIZE TO ONE’S CITIZENS FOR SUCH REMARKS COULD NOT EXIST IN NO OTHER THIRD WORLD NATION ON THIS PLANET, ONLY IN THE BAHAMAS (SO IT SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED “STRANGE” WHEN “OTHERS” RESIDING AND DOING BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRY DISRESPECT BAHAMIANS TO THE PROVERBIAL HILT – SUCH DISRESPECT IS CERTIFIED AS ACCEPTABLE FROM THE “BAHAMIAN” WHO WE MADE CITIZEN NUMBER ONE). THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SAID “BAHAMIANS” ARE THE MOST DUPLICITOUS PEOPLE THEY HAVE EVER MET” (THE USA HAS INVOLVMENT WITH AND INTEREST IN EVERY MAJOR NATION IN THIS WORLD). WE CAN’T SEEM TO SEE BEYOND OUR POLITICS TO DEMAND THAT THOSE ELECTED BY US RESPECT US (WE ARE AN IDEAL CASE STUDY FOR NATIONAL INFERIORITY COMPLEX). WOW!!!

    • Oh please, lying on Papa’s behalf is a joke, Laing would lie for lesser things. I don’t trust him and this really shouldn‘t come as a shocker, look how he try to swing customs with that Mona Vie thing.

  4. What they were about to do just seemed uncaring and so cold. An angel must have paid a visit to Papa and caused him to have a change of heart and he decided not to carry out this threat. Whatever it was I am very grateful to it. They must be is get a kick from stressing people out. Zhivargo already being patting himself on the back and bragging about the amount of taxes they were forcing on the people and the amount of monies they were making from it. Then they already increased NIB contributions, People are not spending monies like they use to, most of them don’t have it to spend, because they are probably not working to begin with. The ones who are still working, if they want to do business with you, they change their minds when they think about how the roads are all dig up. Man, I tell you it’s a hard time for business persons in this country right now. You notice how many businesses have already closed their doors? Some of them probably promised themselves that they would never bother with going back into business again! It is not like they don’t want to do what’s right, but the government making it hard on them. Either they don’t understanding the distress the current economic conditions is causing business persons or they don’t care at all. Like Bran say, “they need to show more compassion.” If they go ahead and impose this law right now, when they know plenty businesses are hurting, they are looking forward to losing the next election. I not going to lie, I rushed up there yesterday to renew my licence too, but when I saw the amount of people and the slow pace in which the lines were moving, I got an instant headache. I told myself , I have to come back and deal with this another day. I was too glad when I heard Zhivargo on the news trying to put a spin on what they had said prior.

  5. @ D. ROLLE

    I’LL TAKE THAT QUESTION.

    “WHY?” BECAUSE IT CAME DOWN TO PAYING WHAT YOU CALLED “THEIR DAMN FEES” OR KEEPING SOMEONE ON THE PAYROLL WHO IS UNLIKELY TO BE HIRED ELSEWHERE IF RELEASED.

    AT THE END OF THIS NATIONAL TRIAL (CALLED A PROTRACTED RECESSION IN NASSAU, BUT UNEMPLOYMENT IS PROBABLY AT THE LEVEL TO EARN IT THE TECHNICAL CLASSIFICATION OF DEPRESSION IN GRAND BAHAMA) MANY STORIES ABOUT SACRAFICES THAT ARE UNREASONABLE TO MAKE ACCORDING TO CLASSIC BUSINESS PRACTICES WILL COME FORTH. WE (ALL BAHAMIANS) WILL FIND OURSELVES EXTREMELY PROUD OF MANY OF OUR LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS, PARTICULARLY OUR “WHITE” BUSINESS OWNERS, WHO UNLIKE MANY OF THE MULTI-NATIONAL EMPLOYERS, HELD THE LINE AND TOOK LOSES RATHER THAN SENDING HOME EMPLOYEES. YOU WILL HEAR STORIES ABOUT SELLING ASSETS THAT HAD BEEN SET ASIDE AS INHERITANCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, TAKING-ON HUGE LOANS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS THAT RESULTED IN A FIRM “NO” AS THE DECISION TO LETTING GO STAFF WHO THEY HAVE GROWN TO CARE ABOUT AND RESPECT DEEPLY.

    A LOT HAS CHANGED BETWEEN THE RACES IN THIS COUNTRY EVEN THOUGH A LOT REMAINS THE SAME. MY POINT TO YOU IS THAT MANY BAHAMIAN BUSINESS OWNERS STEPPED UP AND THIS “THREAT” DISTORTS THE REALITY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES, MAKING THEM LOOK AS THOUGH THEY SIMPLY WANT TO “DUCK” LICENSE FEES. WHAT AN INSULT.

    • D. Rolle we agree with you 100%, but why LIE after the fact? Why? Ya guilty of something? Tell the people point blink, we put it out there cause Bahamians have a problem paying. What is wrong with saying that? Wasn’t it this same FNM government who told the Bahamian people they need NOT apply in the sale of BTC? WHY LIE and say what the ad said is rumour and not TRUE? I mean even the STAFF in the MINISTRY OF FINANCE INCOMPETENT?

      BP

      • The add couldn’t appear in the paper unless it was approved by folks in the Ministry of Finance. Which means in all likelihood, several people saw it and all thought the information was correct, and signed off on it to be printed.

        Just come clean and admit that there was an error in the information or the decision was reconsidered, but dont say the add is not true, lol.

  6. I SAID THAT THIS “PENALTY FEE” THING BY THE FNM WAS A BAD IDEA, BECAUSE THE EXTREME STRESS ON BUSINESSES AT THIS TIME MAKES THIS THE PROVERBIAL STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMEL’S BACK. NOW “PAPA” IS BACK PEDDLING AS FAST AS HE CAN FROM THE “STUPID” IDEA. LAING MUST THINK HIMSELF TO BE THE ULTIMATE “SPIN MASTER” BY CALLING THE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD AND WIDELY PUBLISHED NOTICE A MISUNDERSTANDING.

    I AM CONVINCED THAT THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THIS COUNTRY IS MUCH WORST THAN THE RECORDS FILED BY GOVERNMENT SUGGEST. THESE ACTS OF DESPERATION REVEALS A NEAR PANIC NEED TO GET “SOME MONEY” FROM MONTH TO MONTH.

  7. media you are a PLP so i expect nothing less! Ya’ll who intend to vote for the PLP, all i have to say is look what ya ga get when ya tired a what ya gat! Further it will be too late when ya than cast ya vote so do what it is ya gat a do OK!

  8. The middle class is disappearing and these guys are helping that along. We need change in this country badly. Soon there will only be rich & poor if we continue in this direction.

  9. BP, the fee is $5,000, for late renewal plus $100.00 thereafter for every day that the offense continues.

    • Man you see dat ALTEC? They published the ads and they come back and say it is absolutly untrue. A LINE FROM ROY BOYKE THAT DAMN TRINIDADIAN!

      BP

  10. Ingraham has piled so many blows on us he cannot think that he has a chance can he? He must want the FNM to lose. Amazing!! His MPs just sit watching him carry them down. Amazing!!!

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