Fri, May 23, 2008 - Page 4 News List

Chen Chu slams Cabinet on building priority list

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD? The mayor of Kaohsiung alleged that the Cabinet may have deliberately targeted DPP-controlled authorities to receive last-minute notices

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Kaohsiung’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayor, Chen Chu (陳菊), yesterday protested a Cabinet decision that she said left the city government with insufficient time to propose a major construction priority list.

Chen told a press conference in Taipei that the Kaohsiung City Government was not notified of the proposal until 4pm on Tuesday.

“[The Cabinet] required all local governments to immediately propose a priority list within 24 hours. Of course the quality will be questionable,” she said.

She alleged that the Cabinet might have deliberately sent late notices to city and county governments run by the DPP.

“I guess the Cabinet was testing [the ability] of the cities and counties governed by the DPP,” she said.

“If [the cities and counties] were treated differently just because the local governments are run by a different political party, I believe such an attitude will lead to controversies and inequality [between local governments] in the future,” Chen said.

Although the Cabinet decided that Kaohsiung City will receive NT$3.8 billion in the Cabinet’s planned budget to boost domestic demand, Chen urged the Cabinet to allocate the budget after considering the demand and development of each city and county.

Meanwhile, the legislature resolved to extend the current legislative session through July 18 to allow sufficient time to deal with budget requests from state-run enterprises and the new Cabinet’s budget proposals.

The legislature will also invite the premier to report his administrative principles next Friday while the new Cabinet’s budget requests will be submitted to the legislature on June 2.

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) also urged the DPP and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucuses to negotiate with the central government regarding when the legislature will deal with the Presidential Office’s nomination lists of members of the Examination Yuan and Control Yuan. The lists are scheduled to be sent to the legislature on June 23.

In a related development, the KMT caucus has invited the premier to report on the Cabinet’s policy in response to rising oil prices during today’s caucus meeting.

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