The “Samopomich” Union faction did not vote for the budget since the faction did not have an opportunity to discuss it at the meeting of the committee and to propose any amendments. This was stated by a member of the “Samopomich” faction, a member of the Committee on Urban Development and Housing, Aliona Babak.
“The budget contained some provisions with which the faction did not agree and there was no time to defend some positions during the committee’s reviewal of the budget. The Committee did not review any of the amendments submitted,” said the MP.
“We believed that our chance to carry our point was to participate in the meeting of the Budget Committee before presenting the bill in the parliamentary hall. But the format of discussion made it impossible to propose changes. Therefore the faction suggested taking a time out for a couple of days to present our amendments to the committee, to analyze them. This is a process of minimization of risks as for the provisions upon which there was no agreement. But the government denied us this,” said the parliamentarian.
“This budget provided for unacceptable things. For example, a regulation which places obligation upon all employers to pay wages to those mobilized. Previously, the state compensated for these costs. It is the duty of the state to maintain the army, not the employers’ one,” said Aliona Babak.
In addition, the MP drew attention to a significant drawback of the approved state budget – the lack of economic development strategy of the country.
“All ministries must find the areas of growth mentioned by the Parliament. Not to find the possible ways to cut costs, but first and foremost, to the find areas of growth. The government should define the basic directions that need state support in order to ensure the growth in these areas,” said the parliamentarian.