This additional deficit is almost entirely due to raises for teachers. This is money for economic development, because Poland cannot afford for teachers to earn so little – said Finance Minister Andrzej Domański in the “One for One” program on TVN24. When asked about money for public media, he emphasized that “money for TVP has been withheld.” – Nobody is one hundred percent satisfied with this budget – he noted.
The politician talked about the budget act and the expenses provided for in it. – There is very little time for work. Proposals for smaller or larger changes to the budget came from all ministries, he said.
Minister of Finance on the budget
Domański was also asked about the higher deficit compared to the previous budget. – Since PiS lost the elections, the then ruling party submitted bills for, at a loose estimate, PLN 50-60 billion of additional expenses – he said.
– This additional deficit is almost entirely due to pay raises for teachers. (..) We have a serious consensus on this in the coalition. This is money for economic development, because Poland cannot afford for teachers to earn so little, he said.
Andrzej Domański also referred to the proposals of other parties, which, according to the coalition partners, were not financed sufficiently, including the construction of apartments for rent.
– Nobody is 100% satisfied with this budget. (..) However, the construction of apartments for rent is included in our coalition agreement. We have already held talks with representatives of the Left. Additional funds will certainly be found for this purpose, he emphasized.
Budget in four days
The minister also talked about the rapid pace of work on the draft budget, which – as he previously emphasized – was created in four days of almost constant work.
– There was some small amount of sleep. I would like to thank the employees of the Ministry of Finance once again. During these extremely intense days, and actually also at night, because work often ended even at four or five in the morning, we managed to submit this budget and present it to the Council of Ministers on time, he said.
Domański about TVP: the money was withheld
The head of the ministry referred to the situation on public television and the protest PiS MPs. – I would encourage them to focus on their work in the Sejm, there is a lot to do in the committees – he emphasized.
He said that “money for TVP has been withheld.” – We will conduct an audit at TVP, see what savings can be made there and then we will take potential steps – he said.
– I can guarantee that no PLN 3 billion will flow to TVP – he said. He emphasized that “the savings will be far-reaching.” – At the moment, the Minister of Finance can transfer these bonds, I can assure you that there is no such intention at the moment – he noted.
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