Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins hopes the government will be able to approve next year’s budget framework as soon as next week, as the politician admitted in a conversation with journalists after meeting with coalition partners on September 7.
The prime minister explained that the next year’s state budget would be the main topic of government meetings this week.
“My goal is ensuring the framework of the state budget is approved by the government as soon as next week,” said the politician, stressing that it was planned to secure the increase of financing for doctors’ and teachers’ wages, as well as agree on a guaranteed minimal income amount and funding for them in the accompanying legislative draft.
This process proceeds in accordance with planned tax changes.
“We are moving forward. The goal is approving the general landscape so that there is time to develop everything and give the Saeima enough time to approve the budget,” said the politician.
Karins said his “intuition” suggested the coalition had already reached an agreement on the “lion’s share” of related topics. Still, there are minor details that require coordination and approval.
Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce stressed that Attistibai/Par! found it important to make sure Karins’s and Finance Minister Janis Reirs’s offer for the 2021 state budget included the promises made to doctors, teachers and university staff in regards to increase of their wages. (BNN/Business World Magazine)