Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich presents her red line 37.
(photo credit: marc israel sellem)
Finance Minister Yair Lapid must provide MKs with more information so they can
seriously discuss the budget, opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) said
The Labor chairwoman wrote a letter to Lapid saying that only
“the full factual infrastructure will allow for significant parliamentary
discussion based on data.” Yacimovich pointed out that the Knesset’s committees
will soon begin working intensively on the budget and Economic Arrangements
“This is a process that is structurally superficial and hasty,
unfortunately, because of the makeup of the Economic Arrangements Law, which I
oppose: A law consisting of reforms, cuts, and the cancellation of laws all at
once, instead of a deep discussion of each article while examining alternatives
and repercussions,” she said.
The opposition leader added that she was
pleased to hear Lapid say the discussion should be based on facts and data. As
such, she asked for Lapid to transfer information to the Knesset and make the
details of his proposals more transparent.
The data Yacimovich requested
makes up the macroeconomic basis of the 2013- 2014 budget, and includes the
expected rates of growth, inflation, unemloyment, and the change in average
Yacimovich also asked that the Finance Ministry report deficit
targets, automatic expenditures on legislation, government decisions and
agreements binding the state in 2013-2014.
The Finance Ministry should
also reveal how the spending limit, revenue forecast and expected deficit were
calculated, she added.
“Only presenting all of the facts will allow MKs
to fully do their job,” Yacimovich wrote to Lapid. “I am sure that you, too, see
the great importance in this.”
In March, the Bank of Israel released
economic forecasts for 2013-2014 that included GDP growth and inflation, though
projections for other aspects of the data Yacimovich requested were not readily
The Finance Ministry did not respond to questions as to why
the data had not been made available.Niv Elis contributed to this