Despite constantly mentioning expenses cuts, the government didn’t cut the extraordinary budget presented to the national assembly.
The “cuts” introduced by the ministry of finance were ¢ 25.810 million, an amount that was actually intended for the increase of wages and pensions. This is no longer the case because the estimate was based on a rate higher than the actual inflation by the end of 2015.
In other words, the government has ¢ 25,818,000 extra and now calls them “cuts”.
According to Rosibel Ramos, president of the Financial Affairs Committee, they will have to decide whether the money will be used for public debt amortization, or transferred to the municipalities.
However, according to the government, there are real cuts involved and the budget presented includes allocations for the ministry of education, the ministry of public works and transport, the ministry of agriculture and livestock and the ministry of finance.