Deputies give up toy fund
Chamber of Deputies president Abel Martinez has announced the elimination of a RD$75 million fund that they had assigned to legislators for purchasing toys for distributing to their constituents on Three Kings Day (6 January). This is the second extra allocation the deputies have had to relinquish following criticism that the many extras would be better spent on public hospitals that are operating in deficit.
The deputies recently agreed to cut another slush fund (known as the “barrilito”) of RD$114 million allocated to legislators for distribution to their constituents for social works.
The deputies will still receive allocations for Mothers Day, Easter sweet beans and Christmas gifts, along with other perks that come with the job.
Some legislators were in favor of the decision although others said it should have been discussed and voted on by all, rather than a unilateral decision by Martinez.
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