Legislative proposal to readjust budget draws quick responses

A proposal by several lawmakers to redistribute some $70 million in the 2012 budget brought a chorus of warnings from the finance ministry and the Poder Judicial.

The Ministerio de Hacienda quickly dashed off a message to the legislative committee involved saying that the plan would jeopardize vital programs.

The proposal involves Luis Fishman among other legislators on the Comisión de Asuntos Hacendarios. The proposal follows one last week in which $107 million would be put to uses other than those planned by the central government.
The finance ministry said that the proposals would weaken its ability to collect taxes and also undercut the Ministerio de Exteriores y Culto in its effort to continue a case against Nicaragua in the International Court of Justice. The proposals also would hurt the Minsterio de Obras Públicas y Transportes and reduce the efforts to improve the nation’s infrastructure, said the ministry. The proposal also would cause a postponement of prison construction and affect agricultural programs, the ministry said.

The Poder Judicial held its own press conference expressing similar concerns. The judiciary’s list was far more detailed and even treated the cost of cleaning blinds and rental of computers.

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