More than 500 amendments introduced by the government to the consideration of the draft law on the budget in the second reading are too many, says the head of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin. In his opinion, this indicates an insufficient study of the draft budget before submitting it to the parliament. Speaking at a meeting of the Federation Council, Mr. Kudrin said that in the future the government should provide a more coherent budget in the first reading.
“During the consideration of the (budget.— “B”) 589 amendments were adopted in the second reading, and 559 of them were introduced by the government. Here I always have a question: the government, in theory, should have taken this into account as much as possible when introducing the budget. By the second reading, so many amendments and clarifications, it would seem, should not be on behalf of the government. It seems to me that afterwards we should expect from the government a more coherent budget already in the first reading, so that the government itself minimally changes its own proposals, which are presented for the first reading, “said Aleksey Kudrin. At the same time, the head of the Accounts Chamber noted that the law on the budget for the next three years meets the policy of maintaining long-term stability of the budget system and macroeconomic policy, which is the basis of economic growth.
At the beginning of the year, Mr. Kudrin expressed the hope that the budget execution in 2021, like last year, will continue to grow. According to him, the increased control by the government provides preconditions for the full implementation of the budget.
The draft federal budget for 2022-2024 was adopted by the State Duma in the third and final reading, on November 24, and approved by the Federation Council today, on December 1.
In the next two years, the budget will be in surplus: in 2022, the excess of revenues over expenditures will be 1.33 trillion rubles, in 2023 – 0.3 trillion rubles. In 2024, a deficit of RUB 0.52 trillion is expected.
Read about the amendments made by the president in the publication “The cost of living for growth.”