PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The first secretary of the Haitian senate, Steven Benoît (Ouest/Alternative), made no secret of his vote. He announced that he would vote against the budget submitted by the Finance Minister George Lemercier.
Senator of the Alternative views that this budget is part of the continuity with previous Governments since the headings and allowances have been maintained. He also denounced an "opaque" and "centralized" budget.
At the same time Mr. Benoît was outraged at the budget of "assistantship" in which 60% of resources come from the international community.
Very critical of the great financier of the Republic, Senator Benoit urges the government to prepare in better conditions the next finance bill that will address the priorities of the administration Martelly.
This opinion is shared by the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the lower House, Rodon Bien-Aime (Cerca Carvajal/Inite), who deplored that benefits of agriculture and the environment among others do not correspond to the priorities of the Conille government.
According to the chairman of the house finance committee, the finance minister would do better to prepare together with the parliamentary finance act.
Like Steven Benoît, Bien-Aimé regrets that no effort was made to promote the development of the rural regions.
The 2011-2012 budget estimated at 119. 3 billion gourdes ($2.87 billion [US]) will have to be deposited officially in the lower house before the end of this month.
The government will have to, in the next 5 months present a new budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013.
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Source: Radio Metropole