Virgin Islands Ascent:
Department of Licensing an Consumer affairs commissioner Devin Carrington , discusses initiatives from his office that seeks to examine and hopefully reign in the high cost of food and gasoline in the US Virgin Islands. Compounded by stagnant wages in the private and public sector, a limping economy and poor road infrastructure, extremely high prices for food and fuel, have been keys factors in a steady decline of the quality of life for all Virgin Islanders.
Too many Virgin Islanders have had to make a tough decision to leave the Territory, and as that decision is calculated, the cost of food and fuel weighs heavily in those calculations. The middle class have been hit particularly hard, as they balance other needs like health insurance, medical expenses, exorbitant utility rates and other front end cost of living expenses. If the Virgin Islands are to successfully reorganize our collective house for the better, these are two important issues to that end.
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