“We don’t have enough money for neither flowers, nor sweets”: Yekaterinburg City Duma spokesman suggests to raise expenditures on parliamentary activities

“We don’t have enough money for neither flowers, nor sweets”: Yekaterinburg City Duma spokesman suggests to raise expenditures on parliamentary activities
Igor Volodin Photo: Yaroslav Romanov/Znak.com

At the present time, expenditures on parliamentary activities amount to 50-60 thousand rubles ($762-914). Igor Volodin has suggested to raise them to 80 thousand rubles ($1.2 thousand).

Yekaterinburg City Duma spokesman Igor Volodin has suggested raising expenditures on parliamentary activities from 50-60 thousand rubles ($762-914) to 80 thousand rubles ($1.2 thousand), reports Znak.com. Volodin linked his suggestion to shortage of funds while educating voters. 

“Their major problem is the lack of money on flowers and sweets, and the likes of them. Duma members took part in celebratory events inside the districts. I discussed these issues with my colleagues from various fractions. They state that they don’t have enough money on education of voters.” The spokesman said. 

Volodin specified that the issue related to raising expenditures on parliamentary activities is to be resolved collectively during the Duma session, so the increase in expenditures is not guaranteed yet. In his words, the Duma may decline his proposal. 

Aleksey Vikharev, a chairman of the specialized commission for local government, noted that he’s backing the initiative providing the Duma members would report on money they spend. Vikharev suggested prosecution in case of misuse of the allocated funds. In his words, during the last session, there was a Duma member who received the funds, however, did not carry out works with the voters, and lived outside of his district. In this regard, the Duma discussed the possibility of depriving its members of compensations in case they don’t attend the Duma and specialized commissions, however, there was no support for this proposal. 

Yekaterinburg City Duma reported that the document related to the increase of expenditures on parliamentary activities has not been registered yet and not in work. The Duma members are about to consider other proposals including a reduction of expenditures on parliamentary activities, or their total elimination. 

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