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Párbeszéd to Submit Comprehensive Budget Amendment Proposal

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.18.

Opposition Párbeszéd will submit to parliament “a comprehensive” amendment proposal to the 2020 budget bill affecting education, health care and family support, the party’s co-leader said on Tuesday.

The 2020 budget is “a swindle leaving us poor,” Tímea Szabó said prior to a parliamentary debate scheduled to start about the bill on Wednesday.

Concerning the health budget, Szabó said that the government has not calculated with inflation, nor has it taken the costs of priority hospital construction or the debt portfolio of hospitals into consideration. Funding for health care has remained practically the same as in 2019 and does not allow for any pay increases in the sector, she said.

As regards education, funding for the sector has dropped by 32 billion forints in real terms, Szabó said.

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She said next year’s budget has earmarked about 300 billion forints “in wasteful spending” on projects such as implementing the next phase of the Paks nuclear plant’s upgrade, moving the prime minister’s offices to the Castle District and spreading “state propaganda”.

Párbeszéd will also submit a separate Budapest package with a 160 billion forint budget proposal, she said.

Gergely Karácsony, the mayoral candidate of the Socialist-Párbeszéd party alliance, said the Budapest package includes spending on the construction and upgrade of council owned rental homes, building a suburban rail, the development of the city’s public transport network and substantially increasing green public space.

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