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RD$6 billion to Congress, RD$2.6 billion for environmental protection

In an editorial in Diario Libre on Tuesday 21 June 2016, editor Ines Aizpun writes that winning the Presidency with 60% of the vote is not enough to get backing for an increase in taxes. She says that in order to pass fiscal reform, the government will have to make a show of reducing its own spending. “It is difficult to change the perception that the Dominican government is a giant, out of proportion and terribly inefficient.” She writes that the wasteful spending perception is besides the misuse of funds due to administrative corruption and simple private tax evasion and says that it is a question of priorities. She states that it is hard to understand how senators and deputies cost taxpayers RD$6 billion a year, when only RD$2.6 billion is spent on protecting the environment. Aizpun adds that the Senate is going to cost in 2016 8% more than in 2015. She wonders out loud what taxpayers get for the RD$430 million spent on the Ministry of Youth and the RD$500 million allocated to the Ministry of Women. She says that the Presidency directly manages what she describes as a “disproportionate” RD$48.3 billion, or 5% more than last year. “Can they not do some belt-tightening before asking us to make another hole in our belt?”

Aizpun says that the middle class cannot be asked to make any more sacrifices, taking into account that it has to pay for education, health, transport two and three times over. Businesses are affected by hefty advance tax payments, and young people have a hard time finding jobs, and when they do find them, the wages are too low.

She concludes her commentary by stating that if there is a reform, more control and priorities are needed.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

June 21, 2016

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