Government will release state budget details on Thursday

The state budget for the new year for sees an increase in the salaries of rescuers and teachers, an increase in pensions and the fight against the coronavirus. The government will release the details on Thursday.

Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab ( Center Party) told  on Wednesday morning the coalition is very close to drafting this year’s state budget: “Today, the goal of the cabinet meeting is that we can formalize the decisions of principle. All the details will come at a government press conference tomorrow.”

Next week, the government plans to submit the draft budget to the Riigikogu for approval.

“The Ministry of Finance has yet to make calculations. The numbers must be accurate and we very much hope that no more mistakes will be made,” Aab said.

Aab said the costs related to the coronavirus crisis have been taken into account in the budget. “What is essential for vaccines, tests, overtime in hospitals is in the budget.”

Aab acknowledged the course of the coronavirus can not be predicted and it is difficult to predict the costs involved, but confirmed that they had been budgeted for.

 

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