Editorial: More familiar lines (budget debate)

POSTED: 02/5/15 5:19 PM

The much anticipated debate about the 2015 draft budget followed a familiar pattern, similar to what emerged from last week’s meetings in the Central Committee.

What else is new? We all know that the coalition will approve the budget without much ado and we all know that – in all likelihood – the opposition will walk out the moment it comes to voting on it.

We also know the future of this so-called skeleton budget. Financial supervisor Cft will – again, in all likelihood, and given its earlier advice on the draft – not give a positive advice.

This means that the cabinet sooner or later will have to go back to the drawing board and to figure out a way to adjust the budget in such a way that it satisfies the Cft.

At least one MP – Leona Marlin-Romeo – indicated a large number of areas where cost-cutting is still possible. The only thing we don’t know is whether this is enough to find the 19 million guilders in savings the Cft is after.

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