Tue, Nov 25, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Cabinet unveils voucher restrictions

‘NEGATIVE LIST APPROACH’ To ensure that the vouchers are used to boost the economy, the Cabinet has drafted rules, with the onus on merchants rather than users

By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Flora Wang and Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

The premier would be able to report the scheme to the legislature on Dec. 12, while the legislature would approve the requests by Dec. 26 at the earliest, he said.

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said the legislature should do its utmost to clear related legislation by the end of this year.

Wang said the government’s voucher scheme lived up to people’s expectations and served their interests. He also confirmed he had persuaded the president to separate the voucher and the public work schemes during the government’s meeting on Sunday night.

Wang said he told the president and the premier it was possible that the voucher scheme would not clear the legislative floor despite the KMT’s control of three-fourths of the legislative seats if the two schemes were combined.

“In the end, the president and Premier Liu both understood and agreed with [my] concerns,” he said.

DPP Legislator Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) told a press conference yesterday the caucus was glad to see the Cabinet had decided to propose two different bills and that the party would not boycott the bill on consumer vouchers.

He said the party also supported the vouchers being issued before the Lunar New Year holiday, but said it hoped the bill would be reviewed thoroughly using normal procedures.

It opposed a timetable calling for the budget to fund the vouchers to be passed by Dec. 22.

Pan said the DPP caucus yesterday drafted a bill offering each person NT$3,800 in cash rather than NT$3,600 in vouchers, hoping the meeting of the Procedure Committee scheduled for today would review the DPP’s bill together with that of the Cabinet.

Pan called on the KMT caucus not to block DPP legislators from submitting their draft in the legislature.

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