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Kaimins: State Treasury was brutally robbed tonight

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«I’ve never seen such a robbery as massive as the one that happened tonight,» – Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimins on Thursday, 24 November, after the night the Saeima approved the next year’s budget. According to him, while Latvia’s people were sleeping, the parliament was busy reviewing the new budget, wasting EUR 27 million of taxpayer money in the process.

«I don’t know a word more appropriate than robbery, because it was deputies’ vote-buying before elections. I don’t think taxpayers should buy for publication of a book or street repairs, roof change for churches and the digitization of museum archives. All of its falls in line with deputies’ quotas – EUR 20,000 for each of them,» – Kaimins told Rīta panorama, adding that ‘EUR 10-11 million of the EUR 27 million would end up in Lembergs’ municipality’.

«I asked [Prime Minister Maris] Kucinskis why we’d have to approve the budget at night within 20 hours as though Latvia was in a state of war. I was told that it is a tradition left from the Supreme Council – the communist era, it seems. As long as our country is ruled by former communists – Brigmanis, Lembergs, Reirs, Piebalgs and Ameriks, nothing will change, and people will continue leaving the country,» – Krumins said.

According to him, the 2017 budget is the coalition’s, not the taxpayers’, budget. In it, the coalition has divided money among themselves to serve their own interests. Kaimins urges residents to pay close attention to and engage in political processes, otherwise «the State Treasury will be brutally robbed in the night. […] It is and aggressive budget built on the shoulders of the country’s taxpayers».

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