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The Tofino Times
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5462 | In the News: Economic Layout -- Congressional Hall Protest -- New Naval Deployments
by AMANDA WAISTEAD, Political Editor
Tofino - President Zacharias Castovia unveiled his new year economic layout plan, which now involves an extended amount of trade deals with Gladysynthia following the ceasing of embargoes. Addressing the press at the Zian Presidential Mansion's Gaviria Room, the President also laid down fundamental plans for tax cuts for lower and middle class families, a slight tax increase for families that earn more than Z$250,000 a year, and a three cent bump in gas prices. Generally, the plan was well received by law makers, who passed approval to proceed on legislation to formulate the proposals.
Speaker of the Chamber, Foley Sakzi, said that "the President's economic plan is more attainable than the previously proposed plans in early 2018, which stimulated tax cuts for every income family, but hiked prices on produce and oil, which led to a drop in the President's approval ratings as well as a slight decrease in the economic output for that year, so hopefully and ideally bipartisan opportunity will lead to a much more desired outcome."
2019, according to economists, is set to start with high openings in stock and trading markets. Since assuming the presidency in 2016, the overall GDP and average income of Zamastan skyrocketed from the years previous, obtaining new record heights in 2016 and 2017, but the dip in 2018 is attributed to the policies passed by Congressional Hall and signed by the President.
ANTI-PIPELINE PROTESTERS BLOCK LAWMAKERS FROM ENTERING OFFICES
by ALEXANDER RODRAMIREZA, Chief Editor
Tofino, Congressional Hall - Roughly 200 people protesting the legislation of a proposed pipeline construction under the Horseshoe Bay Kamani-Zone crowded the steps of Congressional Hall on Wednesday morning, blocking lawmakers from entering their offices and the Congressional chambers. The proposal to build the pipeline would include drilling in the bay, which environmentalists state will severely damage the ecosystem in the Kamani bypass. The pipeline itself will extend off the pre-existing Tofino-Tariel Line and extend below the bay to connect with the Alanis-Providence Line. The protesters were peaceful, sitting on the steps and not using physicality aside their still-presence to attempt to keep the lawmakers out. One congressman tried entering by forcing his way through the placed protesters before turning back and exchanging verbal insults. Other congressmen and women approached with different tactics, rather striking up conversations and answering questions about the legislation whether for or against the pipeline.
ZAMASTANIAN NAVY DEPLOYS ZMS TOBIAS
by Lonnie Paraia, Military Editor
Kelowna - The Zamastanian Navy deployed the newest addition to its fleet, the ZMS Tobias. The Tobias is a missile guided destroyer and will be deployed with the famed and battle-hardened 2nd Fleet, commanded by Admiral Percy Tavoka. The fleet saw extensive action during hostilities with Gladysynthia, and is renowned for being the backbone of the Navy's defense force. Tobias is slated for sea-faring exercises and drills before being fully deemed combat-ready, though the systems aboard the ship all passed standard navy classic design and testing with only a few minor interruptions.