Saturday, January 13, 2007

All good news

When we last met, it looked like there would be a raise in the public sector wage scale accompanied by a raise in fuel prices in what seemed to be a quid pro quo. Since then the finance committee has decided to reject the budget. The full house had decided that it didn't like the wishy washy way that the committee handled the initial recommendations, so they sent it back.

Any way, a large scale crisis caused by a full rejection of the budget was averted when the prime minister promised the speaker of the house to raise salaries AND not to raise fuel prices.

Good job!

SPOKE TOO SOON? Petra has cancelled the news item and replaced it with this one, which makes no mention of freezing fuel prices. We'll find out soon enough, I suppose.


At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Khalaf. I like your blog. I like it so much I added it as a link on my new blog page.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Hello Tallouza: Thank you, you are too kind. I enjoyed your blog and I will keep track of it.

Good luck!

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the Global Price of Oil dropping to below 60USD, and hovering around 53USD at present, - (praying to GOD that it drops to below 40USD in fact (but a dream alas)). Shouldn't we ask the government will the deal with Iraq for its oil at 60USD be affected by global prices being below that tag. And the governments position on withdrawing their subsidies, and hiking up the prices of fuel, wouldn't this be affected too!!!

You don't speak too soon. Try to grab a print screen will you next time you see something "good".

Just a rambling thought, in '97 I used to fill my car from zero to full with around 9Jds, now it costs me 23Jds to do that same job. Suber, mish 3ady. from little under quarter of a JD, to 620fils in 10 years - woow!n

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems we are getting so bogged down with the classic scenario of having the parliament check the business of government, that we really believed the farce at play right in front of our eyes.
Revising budgets is a tricky exercise. A parliamentary finance committee sounds real impressive. I won't challenge the financial aptitude of those members who are debating the 2007 budget and who are speaking on behalf of their constituents. I only wonder if these parliamentarians have the adequate support staff that possess the necessary know-how and that could brief them with financially meaningful analysis and feedback. If the debate only touches on politically sensitive hot topics and marginalizes issues of real importance to the growth of the economy, then the job is half done. The empowerment of parliament is not only to have it spot the obvious. A real parliament should have the tools to argue on behalf of its constituents on ways and means of having sustainable growth through serious and intelligent reading of budgets and of the economic and political situations as a whole.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Anon: A lot of people are asking these questions, and I think that the government can't get away with what it used to get away with before.

As for gas rices, this is a global phenomenon, not just a Jordanian one.

Tallouza: There are a lot of details to ask obout, and I raised some of them in four or five posts about the subject. You are right that MP's need good staff to study these things. Also, the press and independednt professionals should comment on this. As for political parties, I have given up on them.


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