The Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko said this during a conversation with journalists in the corridors of the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, November 8.
He noted that the draft State Budget 2019 continues the worst tradition of budgets in recent years. “We categorically oppose the increase in spending on law enforcement agencies in the budget and, at the same time, taking into account inflation, the actual reduction of social benefits: on Chernobyl victims, veterans, military retirees, children. This budget in the worst traditions repeats the budgets of previous years. This is a continuation of building a police state with a poor population. We will not vote for such a budget,” the Co-Chairman of the opposition faction stressed.
According to the parliamentarian, it is possible to find funds for social benefits if corruption is stopped. “At the Conciliation Board, I showed that by stopping the smuggling of wood for 400 million euros, the legalization of the extraction of amber for 300 million dollars, it is possible to receive almost a billion dollars of additional funds that can be spent on social benefits. Stop corruption, reduce payments to law enforcement, give people support – then we will vote for the budget,” Yuriy Boyko said.
“5 years ago, there was no such deforestation in the Carpathians. It was not even two years ago. If you compare the photos of the last and this year, which I did while flying by helicopter over the Carpathians, the derorestation doubled. I could not imagine what this could be. 5 years ago, there was practically no illegal mining of amber. And 500 raider attacks, which since the beginning of this year occurred in the agrarian sphere – this is the know-how of the current authorities. Corruption has increased, there is no manageability in the authorities,” the opposition politician noted.