MLA to press for higher local duty allowance

| 26/01/2017 | 177 Comments

(CNS): The independent member for North Side will be making one last effort before the election to persuade the government that the duty allowance for Caymanians only should be increased. Ezzard Miller noted that it has been more than two decades since the $350 personal shopping allowance and the limits on liquor and tobacco were introduced, and is calling on government to double all allowances for local travelers. He said that given the increase in the cost of living, this would be a more meaningful reflection of inflation since the allowance was introduced.

The independent member is introducing the proposed change via a private member’s bill at the final session of the Legislative Assembly, which has been scheduled for late February.

Miller said that the duty could easily be policed so that it only applies to Caymanians, as the status of the travelling public can be verified through their passports. He said that he did not feel there was a need to allow residents or visitors access to the proposed increase and his priority was his North Side constituents.

The MLA said he also wants to see government introduce a mandatory ‘buy local rule’ for any developer who is given duty concessions. Having filed a motion on the topic with parliament, Miller said he wants to see government hold developers accountable.

If investors are given concessions on the fees usually required for a development, which for some, such as Dart, can be massive, they should be investing the money locally, Miller maintains. He believes that if the public is not going to receive the financial benefits of development through the public purse, government must ensure at the very least the cash is circulating in the economy.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The bottom with Ezzard is that he clearly sees Groups of people. The group that is in his voting interest, and then the other groups that are less or not in his interests.

    And those groups that are in his interests obviously fluctuate, as they fluctuated when he was in the private sector, and operated in a way that favored expats at the time. I’m not going to call the company name he was working for at the time.

    That’s all you got to remember about this self serving sanctimonious politician. He’ll divide who he has to divide when it suits him and/or sell out who he has to sell out to eek a vote out of somebody.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    My concern with Ezzard Miller and his brand of politics is the way he seems to constantly try to divide the country. If you cannot vote for him he has no use for you and you are driftwood. Like it or not the country was much less divided before Ivan this rift between locals and expats was much smaller and greater civility existed.
    Then these like long politicians learned that barking on the radio against expats was a vote get er and Ezzard is among the best at milking that divide.




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    • Tell the Truth says:

      10:32 PM don’t know where you come from and indeed its not relevant. What is relevant, however is the system of providing wholesale benefits to developers and other in bound entities who only seek to benefit their bottom line while paying meager wages ( now we have a miserly minimum wage makes it even better). This has to stop and quite frankly should have been stopped long ago. Instead all our representatives have done is pander to the developers without a defined rule on what is expected in terms of reciprocity on the concessions. Its time people for Our Government to think “People First, -the Community they are elected to serve , rather than the next development and having their name inscribed on a plaque. Change is coming. Yes it Is.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Tell the Truth what do you want from your politicians who I believe have failed you especially on education. (not necessarily you personally)




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  3. Anonymous says:

    I cannot understand what is the issue here. Every country allow their citizen only to bring goods into their country with a set allowance. Ours has been $350 duty free on goods bringing back home from our travels from I was a child and I am now a grandmother and it is the same today. Every country only allow this to their returning residence, so I do not understand why some is up in arms about permit holders benefiting from this and are being discreminates agains…it is only for the returning residence …American when they travel the world and buys stuff, anything over the allowance of $800 they have to pay, if we as Caymanians was working there with a permit we would not be allowed the $800 allowand just like they are not allowed the $350. Granted to us on our retun home.

    Cost of living has gone up several time and yes from my childhood to grandmother stage it needs to be higher thank $350..it is time..and yes only for residence just like all other countries I have traveled to.

    Increase is long over due to match rising cost of goods and inflation.




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    • Anonymous says:

      The US rules applies to all US residents, not just US citizens. The allowance also varies from $200 to $1600 depending on where you have been and how long you were away.
      The same rules should apply to all legal residents of the Cayman Islands, regardless of national origin, otherwise it would be discriminatory.
      I do agree with you, that the allowance should increase in line with inflation (specifically retail price inflation in the Cayman Islands).




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    • Jotnar says:

      The problem with your comment is that it is just flat wrong. US citizens or those with the right to reside and work there are entitled to the same allowance. The UK doesn’t even discriminate between lawful residents and visitors – same allowance.

      Permit holders are lawful residents here, and whether you want to admit it or not, allowing them different duty rights from Caymanians IS discrimination. No one likes to think that they are discriminating against people – it has a nasty tone to it doest it – but that is exactly what you and Mr Miller are suggesting..




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    • Anonymous says:

      10:09 pm , i agree with you , i hope the politicians have the sense you have, even half the sense you have would be a upgrade.




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  4. Hopefully #2 says:

    Like I said before, all of the XXXXX are coming out of the woodwork.

    This would be a good thing.

    The ONLY people against it are the ones with a hidden agenda and something to lose (like the wife’s bikini wax).

    I also hope all the “spell checkers” out there are happier now. What a bunch.

    Anyways I hope it is allowed.

    I personally dont like Mr. Miller, because the last thing he did with the hospital on Fairbanks Rd. People have a really short memory.

    But this is a good thing I believe, no matter what the reason for doing it now.




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  5. A Horse is a Horse says:

    A talking horse would be better representation! Vote Mr. Ed 2017!




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  6. parrot says:

    Nah man. If you can afford to go abroad, AND buy $350 worf of tings, you can pay your part.

    I more interested in duty concessions for small business owners! If you employing say less than 5 or less than 10 people, how about concessions for their businesses? That way they can become a bit more competitive and folks won’t need to wait to travel abroad before they can buy all these things.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Duty concessions don’t help the Brac, for lots of things are duty free here and prices is 3 times higher than Grand. In the Brac it only helps the money merchants people.




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  7. rollin says:

    Any change in law needs to keep in mind the entire leg of the economy. This includes EVERY citizen including work permit holders.

    *Ezzard has forward energy however his heart often gets the best of him.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    tbey are the problem why we caymanian have higher cost of living? paying them over 2 million a year in salary plus quirks?




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  9. Anonymous says:

    Why Caymanians? only. It is for Caymanians and residents (ie. people who live and work here). Why discriminate against other persons living and working here. They have to pay the same price for everything on Island that Caymanians have to pay and they are contributing to the local market the same way. By the way I am Caymanian – but think this would be unfair.




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    • Caymanian says:

      Maybe because you don’t feel the full breath of our cost of living. Yes you rent but often you don’t have things such as car loans, child care or often the need to buy as much overseas. Then it’s the fact that a good % of your dollars go overseas while most of ours is spent right here. So there is a difference between someone working here for a few years vs someone who is living here all their lives.

      What he is trying to do is to lower our cost of living (for Caymanians) because he knows many Caymanians will take the annual trip to us to stock up on clothes. This is not personal but it’s targeted at savings for Caymanians.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanian poster please stop with the nonsense. What a lovely way to generalize all expat residents on island. All resident on island feels the pitch of the high cost of living index.

        Truthfully spreading intolerance and ignorance helps no one. Thankfully you can only account for yourself and not other Caymanian’s like myself.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry I do not see it your way. Anyone living here has the same expenses as a “Caymanian”. All the expenses you claim above that a Caymanian has so does the other persons living here especially those who can afford to travel and who now get the benefit. The concession should be for ALL who live and work here not matter where they are from.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Utter horseshit. I am not Caymanian. I own property in which I live and pay a good mortgage to Caymanian banks, and maintenance costs to Caymanian businesses. I buy food and fuel and other goods from Caymanian owned businesses. I pay child care and education fees to Caymanians and Caymanian owned businesses. I, like Caymanians, have to go overseas to purchase goods and services that are not available on Island. I pay import or any other duties or taxes legally due on those.

        There is absolutely no reason to propose such a policy, other than racism, xenophobia or disgusting populism amongst an extremely limited electorate.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed




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      • Anonymous says:

        No, it is encouraging “local” people to not “shop local”. We all know the $350 limit is out-dated and needs to be increased for everyone who lives here permanently.




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      • Anonymous says:

        10:24 am, we sensible Caymanians agree with you.




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    • Anonymous says:

      8: am you are crazy or smoking something, Mr. milller is trying to help Caymanians, so shut up or help him help Caymanians




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    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians don’t sent money over seas , expats sends 80% of their money home.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    GM, to all of the undeserving and unconscious people who are criticizing our people who we have elected to represent us. I think that we all have to stop reacting on emotions and read what is proposed. Secondly all i have read is hatred for one another, we are suppose to be unified and operate as one community and a one family, there is too much hatred and negative feelings being passed on throughout this blog. All you need to do it to vote if you are eligible to do so.

    The USA elections has spoken and now we as “Caymanian’s or Status Holders” will have a voice soon as to who will be elected in the Cayman Islands to represent our people for the next four years. All you haters who want to know what and who Caymanians are don’t worry we don’t have a permit in our passport are visit the immigration for extension.

    We we born in these island by our naturally born parents who was the indigenous people who lived here and we were brought into this world by “pain” not on a plane. But i must say that 95% of Caymanians are not racist, we are kind, loving and compassionate people who have invited everyone all to come and enjoy our islands and now they have decided to try an uproot Caymanian as the Europeans did to the indigenous Indians in America. Together we stand and divided we fall. We just needs to stand up for our people and stop allowing hatred flow through this blog of our Caymanian Representative.

    Have a great day.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    Ezzard and Arden have calmed down now since they joined this “alliance” wink wink. But don’t be fooled just remember the ignorance and anger those two used to spew on the talk shows. They are trying to change their tune now but it’s too late, their time is now up.




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    • Caymanian says:

      Not a thing wrong with them just the way they are. This is what we need people standing up and asking tough questions. When there is no opposition then the ruling party can get away with anything.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    No taxation without representation! You xenophobic vote buying coward.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    If Caymanians vote this divisive windbag in again, they only have themselves to blame.
    Let me explain very briefly (and I will be brief) what Mr. Ezzard Miller has done for the people of North Side and indeed the Caymanian electorate.

    Nothing.




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    • Jeniffer Ebanks says:

      I’m a North Sider and its true. Ezzard hasn’t done anything for North Side. He doesn’t participate in anything thats going on in our community he knows nothing thats going on. He seriously needs to get out .

      He won’t be getting my vote.




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    • Anonymous says:

      How succinct. Congrats!.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    The silly season is upon us and Ezzard is an old hand in spreading himself in the Cayman flag and dividing the country for votes.
    Ezzard speaks about helping Caymanians , how many Caymanians does Ezzard employ? Ezzard loves Caymanians so much he must put his money where his mouth is.
    Ezzard is also never seen a radio microphone that he didn’t like unless someone would ask him some difficult questions and not bow down to his wisdom.




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    • Anonymous says:

      He’s very good at sitting in an air conditioned radio studio and talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk. He need to try go out and do some real work for us North Siders. We don’t want what he’s selling!




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  15. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps a rational policy is to link the level of allowance to the number of fingers a person has. North Siders would get a boost with that sort of scheme.




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  16. Anonymous says:

    I agree the allowance should be higher, but it should be higher for all residents. Regardless of where you come from, we all live here and feel the pinch in some way or another.




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    • Anonymous says:

      If expats felt the pinch like us, then they would not be able to sent home to their country 75 % of their money, wake up Caymanians, let Mr. Miller help us Caymanians, for we need the help.Thanks Mr. Miller..N S vote him back in.




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  17. Anonymous says:

    3:37 you are crazy, the man is trying to help caymanians and you are againist it, how stupid can we get. Voting day is a holiday for all ,but the expats can’t vote so why we have to pay them double time for working that day, but you don’t complain against the govt. is giving them something for nothing,




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  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s clear he’s just trying to get back in good graces with the people of North Side after neglecting them for eight years.




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    • Jeniffer says:

      AGREE!

      They always try to come around and make quick little changes before election.. h
      hahahah shame on you Miller .




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  19. Allar says:

    I have never read such negative BS than I am reading from some of you fools in this chat. It is either you are millionaires or you don’t travel, what Ezzard is doing will benefit ALL Caymanians. You all is just sad so sad




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    • Anonymous says:

      One of his cousins?




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      • Jeniffer says:

        I think so. lol . if not it’s somewhat one of his friends or family members. someone who enjoys kissing his a** . but yes it will benefit all Caymanians but Miller needs to go.

        Send him off to CUBA




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    • Anonymous says:

      4:14 pm you are right, thanks,,and you fools that are against it, should encourage Mr. Miller on this to help us. Mr. Miller, If you can’t get it doubled, $ 500 CI would help a lot, Thanks Mr. Miller .




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  20. hello says:

    The man is trying to give Caymanians a break and Caymanians come online and comment that they’re not happy about it. They say it’s vote buying. You all are an ungrateful set of people.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. But somebody of these “Caymanians ” on here, aren’t really Caymanians. Just people pretending to be.




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    • Anonymous says:

      And you, 3.52 just do not understand the point at all-he can’t do this and it will not be allowed-so he is just electioneering, being the guy who tried, knowing damn well he would fail. Frankly it is blatantly dishonest and if he were not a politician he could be arrested for making false utterings…and he should be. All politicians should be subject to the same laws as us.




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    • Anonymous says:

      3:52 pm your comment is true. If the politician does something, says something, they complain and if they do nothing they complain. What is wrong with those moaners? Extremely ungrateful. Are they contributors or detractors?




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    • Anonymous says:

      3:52 pm, you are right,and the Caymanians that are against it are fools, big fools.




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  21. Anonymous says:

    ezzard is a backward divisive windbag. end of story.




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    • Anonymous says:

      After 4 years of being voted in he’s finally trying to focus on North Siders!?!?!? This guy is a joke. He lost site of North Side a long time ago now he’s trying to look like he does things for North Siders!!!




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  22. Anonymous says:

    I think it has already been established long ago and by Mac’s out loud musings to tax expats that you cannot run a two tier system under UK or Human Rights laws without risking a very large slap on wrists. So as usual, Ezzard, my friends, is blowing in the wind.




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  23. Anonymous says:

    buying votes or buying goodwill? career politicians need to be voted out……




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  24. Anonymous says:

    Wow I guess only Caymanians live in North Side or invest in that community. A duty allowance is needed for everyone that lives on this island and suffers from the extortion from the local retailers. I hope most of the new voters in North Side are also new Caymanians that have endured Ezzard’s prejudice over the past 8 years and all choose to put him back on the sidelines again. This man is so hateful and prejudice its scary… very Donald Trumpish.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Northside…all 600 of them, if that…




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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with E. Miller on increasing the duty allowance for caymanians only, its time the Govt. do something for Caymanians and not for the Expats. The holiday for voting is for everyone and the expats can’t vote, so why do we have to pay for double time for them working on that day, it should be only for voters.




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      • Anonymous says:

        I think you would find that would be discrimination…




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        • Anonymous says:

          Its discrimination to have to pay someone double time for working on a voting holiday that they cannot vote’




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      • Anonymous says:

        Believe me, most of us will be working as nowhere else in the world has downtime that day. So you go and do your civic duty and vote, it will take you no more than half an hour and then enjoy your day off. The rest of us will be working, trying to bring revenue to Cayman to support your sorry ass, and in the finance sector, no we don’t get doubletime, we are salaried. Ignorance is bliss, right?




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        • Anonymous says:

          5;07 pm, we was during all right before your sorry ass came here, so why don’t you just leave and watch us, we would be great without you.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Here we go again about President of the USA. Why don’t you clowns get of President Trumps case and do something real for a while.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Donald Trump is a good man and will make a great President.




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  25. Anonymous says:

    Do non-Caymanians have to pay duty? I thought if you wore it or used it before you came back it didn’t count.




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  26. Ezzard is a muppet says:

    So the Constitution does not protect everyone, only racist MLAs and their narrow minded constituents, it seems Ezzard is inciting racial hatred and would probably be jailed in the real world,…next, he’ll be asking for indentured slavery to be reinstated, the man is out of control and a liability to his nation.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing to do with race!




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      • Anonymous says:

        So Caymanians aren’t a race now?




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        • Anonymous says:

          No, they are not. The term Caymanian is descriptive of someone of any racial profile who comes from the Cayman Islands. Caymanian is neither a racial profile nor a nationality, just look around people, if Caymanian was identifiable in race, who the hell is a Caymanian?
          This is just one of Ezzards vote buying ploys. He’s running out of ideas and he knows that we on NS are watching him like a hawk.
          Just vote this xenophobic, discriminatory and bigoted dinosaur out and put a young, forward thinking and intelligent MLA in his place.
          Vote Ed Chisholm.




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      • Jotnar says:

        Indeed, although Mr Miller once said on national radio that people shouldn’t “act like a bunch of n*&^%$s”. Its not about colour for him, or even born versus status, its multi generational versus driftwood. Overlaid with Northside against the rest of the universe. To be fair to the man, at least he is open about it. He has come right out and said he only cares about his voting constituents.




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    • anon says:

      In the “real world” they would make him president! I am sad 🙁




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    • Anonymous says:

      IS his wife not Cuban?




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    • Anonymous says:

      12;51 you crazy, Americans can take back in their country $800 allowances duties free,Caymanians can’t take the $ 800 in duty free. its only for Americans




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      • Anonymous says:

        ‘Residents’ moron.




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      • Anonymous says:

        4.01, are you crazy, who takes stuff into America? Its much cheaper there, so why would you? You buy it there and bring it back here. Hope you are clear on that now. Probably wondering why you are broke all the time, right?




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  27. Anonymous says:

    Try decreasing customs duty by 50% and improving customs department, firstly.That would in turn help small businesses who can then pass discounts down. eg when things are bought overseas and shipped the cost more than doubles by package tax, customs duty, shipping cost, handling and clearing cost.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Nonsense, we have no protection law in place for consumers. What’s stopping small business owners from retaining high rates for goods and services?

      Our current market system is a joke at best.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Who would the law protect us from? The politicians and their families that probably have interests in all the big companies anyway?




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  28. Anonymous says:

    If they had allowed dart to build a proper mall, we wouldn’t have to be making any duty allowances. But instead he had to build caymana bay. It’s nice, but how much square footage is wasted on trees and bubble seats and other such trivialities. When small business’s could have taken refuge there, like in any other mall in America.

    But because the mantra was too keep small business first. The costs of goods are higher. This drives people to go to Miami and buy their clothing there.

    Build a proper mall, with proper air conditioning. And small business would benefit as much as bigger retailers. Or have you not noticed the small kiosks in malls that sell their wares, but are not big enough to rent an entire store in Miami and other such malls.

    Small business could be in that mall, and receive, increased traffic, security, and all the other amenities.

    Meanwhile parents would know where their kids are.




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  29. Diogenes says:

    Developer – “great., so I get a 22% reduction in the cost of my building materials then”. CIG “yes, but you have to buy them from the local hardware stores. Their mark up on US prices exceeds the savings you will get from the duty concession, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that although you are spending more than you would have paid importing your own, it will be circulating in the local economy. Its all about karma, and ensuring the local merchant class can continue to make the kind of money that enables them to look after their politicians, you see”




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  30. NS says:

    Maybe you not gonna vote but I will…..




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  31. Jotnar says:

    Hey Ezzard, just limit it to those in Northside while you are at it. BTW, how exactly does one determine Caymanian status from a passport? How are you going to deal with those pesky BOTC passport holders who are not real Caymanians, to say nothing of those driftwood status holders ?




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    • SSM345 says:

      With a name like Miller, he should probably come to grips with the fact that his forefathers were driftwood.




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      • A North Sider says:

        All Caymanians came in as foreign driftwood Mr. Dingbat. Get a grip. Mr. Miller wants to give you a break and you are trashing him??? You can’t fix stupid I guess.
        David G




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    • Anonymous says:

      Huh ? I’m not a Caymanian you say? But the stamp in my B.O.T.C [ Cayman Islands] passport says I am , right above where it is printed ” The holder is a Caymanian and may enter the Cayman Islands at will ” unquote. The same stamps and writing are also in my other citizenship passport . Immigration wont have any trouble reading those stamps I don’t think. They have been doing a fine job at it for 20 years now .




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      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry bruv, whilst I agree with the main thrust of your piece, Caymanian is not a nationality. A Cayman Islands Pasport holder is, (as it says below) A British Citizen.




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      • Diogenes says:

        Unfortunately what it says on your passport has jack to do with whether you are a Caymanian as far as the Immigration law and the right to live in Cayman is concerned. No shortage of those with “Caymanian” – actually BOTC – passports who don’t as yet have status.




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  32. Anonymous says:

    There is a word for that sort of vote pandering. Racism.




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  33. Anonymous says:

    “Leaders” that campaign to further the real and imagined divides between expats, driftwood, ghost Caymanians and Status Holders do not deserve the votes of honest and decent people. The Member from Northside provides yet another example of what not to do.




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  34. Anonymous says:

    Ezzard is right about this! If foreigners want live here they should contribute to the economy.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe US should single out all non US workers and add a 20% tax just for living there. I think it is a great way to pay for the wall and welfare and lots of other things we US people would like to get. I only kid cause I love




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    • Anonymous says:

      Foreigners contribute more to the economy than anyone else already 10.49 numbnuts. WP fees, rent, ridiculous amounts of money on getting tests and things done for renewal, spending locally, bringing in tourists who also spend, don’t forget the endless charities and so on. Your only contribution is the tax on things you bought in the shop. So maybe you should start contributing?




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    • Jotnar says:

      Where is the troll button!




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    • Anonymous says:

      clueless




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    • Anonymous says:

      We do, just as much as you.




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      • Anonymous says:

        7;35 pm, if you do just as much as we do,you would not be able to send home the biggest part of your wages, we Caymanians don’t send our wages to another Country.




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  35. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ezzard! Newsflash! Thousands of non Caymanians have Cayman passports. Thousands of Caymanians do not have Cayman Passports. If you and the rest of our MLA’s do not realize that, we are truly screwed.




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    • Anonymous says:

      umm all passports show the country of birth…




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      • Anonymous says:

        …. being born in Cayman does not make you Caymanian, and being born overseas does not mean you are not a Caymanian, so what is your point?




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      • Jotnar says:

        Oh dear, do try keep up. It doesn’t matter if you are born here or not. You can be born in GTH and not be Caymanian, or bizarrely enough, you can be Caymanian until you are 18, then lose it. Its not like the real world where if you are born there you become a citizen.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Actually most countries do not operate a system of automatic citizenship based on birth.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Only in America , and that will change soon . Both my kids born in GTH and they have only lived here . Until this year when I get rolled . They are not caymanian nor would I want them to be . I don’t think being born in a country should give you automatic citizenship . I also don’t believe caymanians should get British passports. Two way street .




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            • Diogenes says:

              Or in Canada, or in the UK or Germany if one parent has resident rights, or where I was born…..Only in America is not correct.




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            • Anonymous says:

              Caymanians only get British passports if they are British. Educate yourself.




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              • Anonymous says:

                Wrong….




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                • Anonymous says:

                  No, totally correct. Only persons who were BOTC’s on 1 January 2002 are entitled to British Passports. Everyone else must apply for registration as a British Citizen (an expensive provcess that is discretionary and takes around 6 months) before they are eligible for a British passport.




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                • Anonymous says:

                  Not wrong….




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            • Anonymous says:

              I am caymanian and i sure as hell don’t a British Pass[port




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              • Anonymous says:

                Oh god, please read the damn cover of a Caymans Islands Passport, it clearly states British Citizen, making it a British Passport.
                If you have chosen not to hold a CI/BOT passport and retain your former nationality, that’s your choice.




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                • Anonymous says:

                  There is a distinction between being a British Citizen and being a BOTC. They are both types of British citizenship but only a full British Citizen can carry a British passport.




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              • Anonymous says:

                8;39 am, right on, i am also a Caymanian going back 6 generations and sure as hell don’t want a British passport, i been there and never left anything that i want to go back for.




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  36. Anonymous says:

    He can have my vote, I won’t buy local until owners stop being greedy. I understand Cayman is more expensive but there is no excuse for tripling the US price and putting CI in front of it, it is just greed.




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    • Anonymous says:

      You don’t need to vote for him. You need to vote for someone who will break the supermarket cartels and bring seriously over inflated prices down.




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  37. Anonymous says:

    “If investors are given concessions on the fees usually required for a development, which for some, such as Dart, can be massive, they should be investing the money locally, Miller maintains.”

    If Dart is building a hotel in Cayman, they already are investing locally, what a dumb ass




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  38. Mokes-for-all says:

    Nice to see how inclusive ol’ Buzzard is; – North Side first, and f**k the rest. The man is a piece of work; very Drumpf-like.




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  39. Anonymous says:

    In a no direct tax jurisdiction there should be no allowance at all.




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    • Anonymous says:

      10;17 am, u are a crazy fool, we pay 22 % on our goods and the U S pays pays 7 % on their goods. so who pays taxes.




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  40. Anonymous says:

    Interesting that he wants to force developers to “buy local”, but also wants to make it easier for Caymanians to not “buy local”…




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  41. Hopefully says:

    Sorry. But as usual the retards will come out of the woodwork.

    “This will kill local businesses. It will cause mass exoduses of labor. Caymanians wont bexable to get jobs. The world will end. Bussinesses will close down.” Etc……..

    Forget the FACT that most of these same bussinesses are the ones killing the consumers here with price mark ups of 150 – 200%. Gotta pay for the extras (wifes bikinie waxes).

    Forget the FACT that these same bussinesses are the ones NOT highering Caymanians (all kinds of excuses given except truth that it is cheaper to higher expats).

    Good job. I hope it goes through without any trouble.




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    • Anonymous says:

      If you want to be able to compete with HIRED expats to get the job then I think you need to learn to spell. How can it be cheaper for a BUSINESS to HIRE an expat when in addition to the salary they have to pay work permit fees (unless its because you want them to discriminate & pay higher salaries to Caymanians for doing the same job??).
      The extras costs in the ‘mark ups’ might be to cover the cost of the premises (rent & utilities) & staff costs (salary/insurance/pension) & not the BIKINI wax……




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      • Anonymous says:

        12;35 You should go to saudi arabia where they pay expats 1/5 of what they pay their own people




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        • TOMMIE says:

          Don’t forget to add that the English love booze and in Islam it is a no no. Plus no night clubs and no women, gays or night clubs. Total devoid of fun. Cayman is a real fun place and no sand storms like we endured when we driftwooded there years ago.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I only hope that you are writing a tongue in cheek post.. if not, you are demonstrably the king of the (regrettable slights) in the woodwork.




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  42. Anonymous says:

    What a joke. – Such a cheap way to try and influence Caymanian voters before an election. – So the cost of living doesn’t apply to anyone else living in Cayman then?! On the one hand he tries to make developers buy local, but on the other encourages Caymanians to shop abroad! Such a useless man, try focusing on other more pressing matters in your district! – There are many. – I wont be voting for you in May.




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    • Tin-man says:

      You don’t seem to understand Ezzard’s situation; he has NO competition in Northside. He doesn’t need your vote love, he will get back in this time and the next.

      So, you see, he doesn’t need to influence the Caymanians as he will have no issue getting back in and this time, he stands a chance of being Premier….new voting system. You haven’t seen a thing yet, wait to see all the crazies who will be running this time!




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      • Anonymous says:

        Bit like the Speaker, “paving” her way to permanent Brac representation




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      • Anonymous says:

        Tin-man i’m afraid you’re wrong. The North Siders are tired of him. He’s been in for 8 years and has maybe done 2 things in the district. His time is up my friend!




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      • Jeniffer says:

        HAHAHHA really. He don’t know what’s in store for him. He’s getting out one way or the other.
        Ezzard has done nothing for the North Side. All he do is go on a talk show on his big a** and talk irrelevant sh*t and cause enemies.

        No one likes him , he is the definition of WOTLESS.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe you not gonna vote for him but I will……




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      • Anonymous says:

        Thank God! At least one Political Representative in the Cayman Islands has not forgotten to look out for HIS PEOPLE and HIS COUNTRY. For too long the investors/developers got the breaks, while ‘ we the people’ looked on
        helplessly at the inequity and oppression, on so many levels, that we were made to endure -by the very people that we elected to protect our best interests!

        God Bless You, Ezzard! May more of our local Politicians find the courage to return their focus and priorities, likewise, to the proper place- i.e. for the immediate, as well as long- term betterment of our people and our country.
        This may reduce campaign contributions, but it guarantees the goodwill of the people who place their trust in you to honestly represent them.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Sometimes I agree with Ezzard for speaking up for the local population, but sorry I cannot agree with this. If the duty allowance is increased it should be for all residents, for everyone who shops locally. Come on Ezzard don’t you know it is easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar? Please stop being so hateful. Fight for education, jobs healthcare, safe environment, but remember we all have to live together. Yes, I am Caymanian whose great great grand parents came from Africa, Ireland and scotland. Can we try to get on together? Hate is destroying the wider world but little gems like the Cayman Islands thrive better on love.




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        • Anonymous says:

          1.25pm Are you a close relative or has he just hypnotised you?.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Caymanians are you crazy or what, Mr,. Miller is trying to help the caymanian people and some of you are against it.,some caymanians are so stupid




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        • Anonymous says:

          Isn’t his wife Cuban?




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        • Anonymous says:

          1;25 pm, i agree 1000 %




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        • Anonymous says:

          agree with Ezzard, All north Siders should vote him back in, period.




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