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RP: it seems Unity has entered the pre-election race too early

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It seems that Unity has entered the pre-election race too early, says Chairwoman of Saeima faction of Reform Party Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica.

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Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica

“Someone needs to take responsibility for the state economy’s development which will create jobs. Unfortunately, if we have a look at the PM’s listed priorities, it seems that the economic push, which is the theme of the National Development Plan, has been left out,” – RP representative said in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

According to her, the plan regarding the next year’s budget is being pushed forward using accounting methods and moving numbers between different fields. “It is not right and we cannot accept this,” – Kalnina-Lukasevica said.

“It would be wrong to automatically accept any proposal official offer without holding discussions,” – she added.

RP’s representative said that “Unity’s only focus was euro in 2012. This led to the reduction of VAT. Now it is the consumption tax.” Additional expenses were not anticipated when reducing PIT.

“Even now neither Unity nor Finance Ministry offer any discussions regarding the increase of budget revenue,” – said Kalnina-Lukasevica. She emphasized that the government needs to find solutions how to increase budget income in order to fund the initiatives – doctors’ salaries, teachers’ salaries, police officers’ social benefits.

RP has submitted multiple proposals to the PM. These proposals could bring the budget and additional LVL 50-70 million. As one of the most important initiatives, Kalnina-Lukasevica mentioned the adoption of port contributions, adding that Tallinn port annually bring Estonia’s budget up to EUR 40 million. “Latvia has three large ports the cargo handling output of which are notable larger than those of Tallinn port. If we could collect even a small part of Tallinn port contribution from three of our ports, we could find money to fund other budget initiatives,” – said RP’s representative.

This proposal was presented to the PM and Finance Ministry some time ago. “Unfortunately, the topic involving ports is a scary one. It is essentially a taboo. Something that should never be mentioned or discussed. Every time we propose some initiative, some reason why why cannot finish it suddenly appears out of nowhere,” – the politician notes.

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