Syroyid: We need to know what the state spends every taxpayers’ hryvnia on

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted the draft budget for the next year in the first reading. And the Vice Speaker Oksana Syroyid calls the budget a real shame. The budget for each industry is specified too briefly. There is no program, no details about what this money will be spent on. Oksana Syroyid states that this is a prerequisite for corruption.

“This money does not belong to the state; it belongs to the taxpayers, Ukrainians, to you and me. We need to know what the state spends every hryvnia on. And once we know all this, corruption will be less possible.”

Since there is no transparency in this budget anywhere, then voting for it in the second reading will be non-transparent either, notes Syroyid.

“Like many governments before the Hroisman’s one, this Cabinet simply buys the votes of MPs. This is not necessary through cash. Sometimes, this is done through pure blackmail. For example, deputies ask to allocate money for something, and the government tells them, “vote for the budget in the first reading and then we’ll talk.”

Not a single suggestion of Samopomich was taken into account in the draft budget. The budget provides a lot of money for the activities of regional and district administrations. Oksana Syroyid believes these are secret campaign headquarters of the President. Also, there is an absolutely unjustified amount of money provided for the activities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. What is it for? Is there a threat of a rebellion?” the Vice Speaker is surprised.

The situation with external borrowing is even more shameful.

“Recently, the government borrowed money under 9% rate from the companies related to the President. And it is a shame when assets are borrowed from the Head of State at 9%, while the IMF lends at 3%.”

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