The central government’s budgetary plan for next year is based on four “big can’ts” and fails to explain to the people the rationale of its fund allocations, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said yesterday.
DPP caucus secretary-general Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) and other legislators held a press conference yesterday morning saying that the government’s budget for next year cannot support local industries, take care of the disadvantaged, guarantee employment, nor stabilize commodities prices.
In the four years that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration has governed the country, the deficit has gone up to NT$1.3 trillion (US$44.4 billion), the DPP said, adding that this exceeded the total amount incurred during the DPP’s stewardship between 2000 and 2008.
Tsai also said that the goverment’s plan lost sight of what was important in devising a budget and instead focused on extraneous expenditures.
DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) said that the housing budget was twisted and went against justice and fairness in the housing sector.
Sixty percent of the housing budget has been allocated to reconstructing former veterans’ villages, but only 8.09 percent of the budget was given to housing the disadvantaged, Chen said.
Chen also said that relaxing the definition of poverty has cut funding that helps the poor and low to middle income households.
CPC Corp’s human resources overhead far exceeds all other civilian corporations, DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-chin (葉宜津) said, adding that the government’s failure to resolve the Taiwan Power Corp electricity purchase issues showed that the budget was unable to reflect to the people what was really important.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus Secretary-General Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said the DPP’s comments were lacking in fairness.