Opposition accuses government of rushing budget through Knesset

The government is not giving the Knesset Finance Committee the chance to thoroughly review the budget, opposition MKs lamented Tuesday.
The concerns came in light of the cabinet continuing to postpone planned meetings to discuss the budget and the fact that it and the Economic Arrangements Bill that is passed in tandem with it are supposed to go to a first reading in the plenum by August 31.
MK Mickey Levi (Yesh Atid), a former deputy finance minister, said it is critical for the market that the government stick to the date it set, August 31.
“Now, six weeks before the budget [comes to the Knesset], the government did not have one discussion of its framework,” Levi said. “The ministers still don’t know what their ministries’ budgets will be and which reforms will be enacted. Soon [the government] will ask for another postponement in order to keep the Knesset from doing its work.”
Levi said he intercepted a Finance Ministry document with different options as to how to cut ministries’ budgets, including heavy decreases in the Welfare and Health Ministries and in higher education.