Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced that they agreed to continue subsidizing kindergartens operating in the afternoon at the end of the school day, in the coming school year. The proposal will be submitted for Cabinet approval. The two claimed that a financial source was found for the continuation of the subsidy, but did not provide explanations as to the effect of the subsidy on the expected cuts in government ministries, in light of the growing deficit. Attorney General Mandelblit confirmed on Sunday that the budgets of government ministries should be cut across the board before the elections.
The cuts, in the amount of more than NIS 1 billion, and other decrees will be presented to ministers at the next government meeting. The approval of the attorney general is unusual, because a transitional government is not allowed to cut budget or raise taxes. Mandelblit ruled that the large deviation from the deficit target overrides political considerations.
"In September, at the beginning of the school year, there will be afternoon kindergartens," Netanyahu said, "we found the financial source. There will be marches both next year and in the coming years. "Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will submit to the transitional government a partial package of measures to deal with the growing deficit, which will cost between NIS 2 billion and NIS 6 billion.
The crisis in the operation of kindergartens in the afternoon was created after the dispersion of the Knesset. Approval of budget budgeting, operated in kindergarten and first and second grades and subsidized differentially by the state, is done once a year by the government.
With the dispersion of the Knesset, there was growing concern that the transitional government would not approve the budget of NIS 400 million for the next year. The Finance Ministry recently claimed that the approval of the budget could be perceived as an "election economy," even though Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has made it clear that the government has the right to approve budgets for existing programs.
On the other hand, sources at the Center for Local Government claimed that the Ministry of Finance was "hanged" because part of the cross-cutting of government ministries does not have the amount to enable the continued operation of the IDF.
Blue and White and Yisrael Beiteinu attacked Netanyahu and Kahlon following the announcement. "In an effort to avoid embarrassment at the blue-and-white debate in the Knesset and due to the pressure exerted by the faction on the Finance Committee, the prime minister hastily summoned his partner Kahlon and the two hastened to ensure a solution to the distress of the Tzahronim. white.
MK Oded Forer, chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, said: "After we stopped budgets at the Finance Committee and said we would not release until the money was allocated to the paratroopers ... The prime minister, who saw that he was on his way to cancel the education system two weeks before the elections, says that now he has found a solution. Government pressure does not move. "