The grant program was approved on first reading

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The Knesset plenum this evening (Monday) approved in the first reading the Bill on the Economic Assistance Program, and the Bill – Basic Law: The State Economy. These are two bills designed to implement the distribution of grants following the economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the corona virus.

The Basic Law of the State Economy, which requires a special majority of 61, was supported by 62 MKs without opponents and one abstention. The bill for the economic aid program was supported by 80 without opponents. The proposals will be forwarded to the Finance Committee for further discussion.

The first bill seeks to allow an additional amount of NIS 6.5 billion to be spent in 2020, in addition to the amount of NIS 25 billion already approved, for the purpose of financing the plan for the payment of one-time grants.

The second bill seeks to distribute to the citizens of the State of Israel one-time grants in order to encourage consumption and employment and propel the wheels of the Israeli economy. This proposal proposes that a one-time grant in the amount of NIS 500 be paid for a child and for a resident of Israel over the age of 18 or a married boy or girl, a one-time grant in the amount of NIS 750. It is also proposed to grant a supplement to the grant of an additional NIS 750 to populations of recipients of various benefits and pensions listed in the proposal. It is also proposed to deny eligibility for the grant and a supplement to the grant, Income in 2018 as well as from an individual who has not submitted the 2018 report. An application for a grant can be submitted up to one year from the date of commencement of the law.

Finance Minister Israel Katz presented the proposal and said: “I think the result here is a result that on the one hand allows access to a very wide payment to the population, so that whoever receives naturally will use for his children, for his family, for himself, and increase consumption. In the United States Japan Elsewhere, however, after further discussions in the various forums and in the government, it was decided to exclude those earning more than NIS 651,000 a year from the payment and allocate these funds in order to double the aid to those recognized and supported populations. I hope that the legislation will pass as quickly as possible to enable the grant to be received. ”

Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman – Adina Velman

Minister Katz referred to the disputes over the state budget and said: “We are all political people but must budget as soon as possible. Together with an arrangement law that will be presented to you with close to 40 laws that are revolutionary laws that have common denominators which are lowering regulation, lowering barriers and increasing competition. The areas we know.These laws that I stand behind are exactly in accordance with the same worldview that most of the House supports this thing.Because not enough to block, not enough to hold and assist, not enough even to direct, must bring the economy to a state parallel to the struggle against the corona in all respects, Of connecting the two legs the helping leg with the growing leg that grows the economy. ”

MK Eitan Ginzburg: “We in blue and white thought the general direction was right but it was not enough. We believed that giving grants in an equal amount to each citizen only according to age criteria and the number of children does not meet the required need, and as in any crisis the weak are harmed more than the strong. “The elderly disabled or those who cannot afford it must feel the depth of this crisis more than others and for this very reason we insisted on correcting the equation in such a way that those who have less will get more.”

MK Meirav Michaeli: “Sweets are distributed, a kind of election economy of the most corrupt kind. Yes, it is important to give money to citizens, but to give it that way is something we will unfortunately pay for later. ”

MK Elazar Stern: “This program could have been much better. It should have been much better. It must have been much better. It does not have to be patchwork and patchwork and patchwork, and there is also something to improve in priorities.”

MK Israel Eichler: “There is a terrible injustice here and it is a shame for generations when the government gives by heart and they remove from the list hundreds of thousands of people whose whole sin is that they are not elders and not a second child and not a third child, but they are fourth and fifth and tenth. They will grow up and think that this country does not want them, this country does not consider them equal citizens. And they will also talk to us about equal rights and equality before the law. ”

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