'I protected single-mothers during budget vote'

Tzipi Livni outlines her fight against tax break withdrawals for single parents in the new budget plan on her Facebook page.

Livni holds a baby 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Livni holds a baby 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni outlined on her Facebook page the results of her personal battle to help protect single mothers from the budget cuts that were passed on Tuesday morning.
"I voted in favor of the difficult and painful budget, but I promise you that I didn't raise my hand in its favor until I had done all that I could do to mitigate the harm to the weak," Livni wrote.
Two of her main battles with the budget cuts came in the form of the withdrawal of tax breaks for single parents and the closing of courts in the periphery.
"The Finance Minister (Yair Lapid) suggested to cancel tax breaks on property (arnona) tax for single mothers once their children become two years old," the Facebook message said. "Whats the logic behind this proposal?"
"Instead of supporting single parents to continue working, this cut would have pushed them to get fired from their part-time jobs which barely provides for them as it is."
Livni was complimentary to Lapid for listening to her advice, "to his credit, the Finance Minister admitted he understood the problem, and now the tax breaks for single parents will continue until the child is ten-years-old."
She also credited herself for ensuring that three courts in the periphery, in Beit Shean, Afula and Nahariya would remain in service.
"Not only will they not close, but we will determine how to best optimize their productivity," Livni wrote.