Roman Semenukha: Anti-social budget launched

The parliament rejected the resolution to cancel the results of voting for the state budget 2019.

The document is being prepared for signing by the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the process of implementing the anti-social budget has been launched.

Given the fact that the document was adopted at night, it is worth recalling what the current government proposes to the Ukrainians and what the parliamentary majority has voted for.

  1. For the lack of support and protection of soldiers.

Only 840 million hryvnias are allocated for the purchase of housing for the military. This is barely enough to build 1,000 apartments for the military. At the same time, the authorized capital of Ukroboronprom is increased by 2.8 billion hryvnias.

  1. For meagre salaries of doctors.

According to the experts of the Ministry of Health, 94.3 billion UAH are necessary for the salaries of health workers of 2nd and 3rd levels. The budget for 2019 provides only 55.7 billion UAH. That is, a little more than half the need. The rest will have to be covered from local budgets.

  1. For the outflow of personnel from the country.

Over the last 2 years, 4 million Ukrainians have left the country. One of the most effective ways to prevent migration is to provide housing loans to young people. For the next year, only 27 million hryvnias are allocated for this program for partial compensation of the interest rate on loans for young families and 29 million to increase the authorized capital of the State Fund for Housing Development for Young People.

  1. For further construction of a police state.

A record high amount of 83.1 billion hryvnias is provided for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This is 25% more than in 2018. Financing for the Prosecutor General’s Office will grow by 1.5%, for the State Security Service of Ukraine – by 17%.

  1. For the crisis of the pension provision in the country.

In 2019, the Pension Fund deficit will amount to a record of 167.5 billion UAH. At the same time, the government postpones the introduction of the second level of pension provision, which could change the situation.

  1. For funding Petro Poroshenko’s election campaign by means of taxpayers’ money.

Otherwise, how else can one explain that fact that 1 billion hryvnias of budget funds are given to a newly created Presidential Fund for the support of educational and scientific programs for young people? Why not give this money to the relevant programs of the ministries then? The answer is that in the next year there will be the presidential election. And one of the candidates – the current President – has the opportunity to use the state budget.

The present budget pays no attention to the needs of Ukrainians. This budget shows the authorities’ aspirations to be re-elected at any cost – even through total bribery and falsification.

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