The president of the Amusement Gaming Association is challenging Finance Minister Colm Imbert to prove the claims he made against the association while winding-up the Budget debate on Thursday.
Russell Bahadoorsingh says the Minister's claims are incorrect.
The following is a statement issued by the president of the Amusement Gaming Association.
"The information presented as facts by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert in the winding up of the National Budget on Thursday 12th October 2017 is simply wrong and incorrect.
The Member of Parliament for Mayaro insists that Monday's fiery protest by residents of Rio Claro was not politically-motivated.
Rushton Paray says while he does not support the illegal demonstration which can cause further damage to infrastructure, he understands the plight of the residents.
Yesterday, scores of persons from a number of communities in the area blocked several access points to vent their frustrations with the poor road conditions.
Maxi and taxi fares between Santa Cruz and San Juan will go up by $1 on Monday.
The increase was confirmed by the president of the San Juan to Santa Cruz Taxi and Maxi Taxi Association, Junior Ghany.
Ghany said the increase is due to the recent fuel price increase announced by Finance Minister Colm Imbert in the 2018 Budget.
He also cited the maintenance of maxi taxis and taxis and the cost of living.
Commuters will now have to pay $5 for a maxi taxi journey from San Juan to Santa Cruz, and $6 via taxi.