The Finance Ministry decided on Tuesday to agree to a Knesset Finance Committee
request to provide its members proposed budget changes at least a week before
committee discussions, and answer questions about their proposals in
The move is intended to increase transparency in the way the
budget is implemented, and give Knesset members greater control over
“It’s necessary to give MKs transparency to plan their steps
regarding the budget and changes made in it,” MK Nissan Slomiansky, the finance
committee chairman said.
While the annual state budget approved by the
government and Knesset lays out the framework of how much money will be spent,
the various ways money can be allocated (tenders, contracts, direct payments,
subsidies, etc.) and the government’s many decisions throughout the year require
regular adjustments, explained Yael Mevorach, the Finance Ministry’s deputy
budget director. Whereas companies set out their budgets from November to
December, the government typically does so in the summer before the new
“In the meantime, some of the needs change. There are also changes
in requests and changes in the priorities of the government, the Knesset through
legislation, and even ministers in their ministries. All these things require
adjustments and appropriate budgetary changes,” she said.
The new system
allows committee members time to review the proposals for how to make those
adjustments, and prepare questions and alternatives to them, ahead of time.