ONLY ONE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT VOTED AGAINST BUDGET BILL
The government does not think the budget bill has a social bias, said
the minister of finance Spartak Tevosyan during the first reading
of the budget bill on December 19. He described social benefits
boosted by 62 percent as social investments. "We are investing social
investments in families, which will improve their quality of life,"
Spartak Tevosyan said.
Prime Minister Ara Harutiunan says the budget is not directed at
relieving social problems. "We laid economic development at its
basis. Evidence to it is estimated growth of the GDP by 14.8 percent,"
Ara Harutiunyan says.
The bill was passed on first reading. Only Member of Parliament Gegham
Baghdasaryan said to vote against the bill, who underlined that he
is not against the raise of the social tax but the exaggerated system
of public administration.