Governor Mapp addressed a wide range of concerns to residents and business owners at the Chamber's annual  "Breakfast with the Governor" on Thursday , March 23 at The Palms. He spoke to over 65 guests about pending infrastructure projects --a brand hotel, road construction, Paul E Joseph stadium.and acquisition of adjacent land; federal funds available through the Federal Highway Administration to complete shovel ready projects; further budget reductions of 8% in government operations; ongoing talks about revenue to be generated by taxing  the 2400 existing bed and breakfast businesses in the V.I. through Air BnB and others, monies available through the VIHFA to refurbish homes in Christiansted and Frederiksted;.and ongoing talks with two airlines which will increase flights to St. Croix.

He also discussed the high cost of  healthcare and the possible implications of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on the V.I.. The governor warned about the possibility of the need to reduce the government's portion paid for premium healrh insurance payments which would likely increase the share that government  retirees will be required to pay.
The governor  also noted that real estate on St. Croix is outselling by 4 to 1 property on St. Thomas and St. John which looks promising for tax revenues. The government is also stepping up it's aggressive move to collect personal income and property taxes.
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