Minority in Parliament has expressed its resistance to the 2022 budget delivered by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta presented the government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy to Parliament Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
The delivery of the budget was in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 constitution.
In the presentation, he indicated that capital expenditure, funding of key government flagship programs, wage bill, and interest payments have been identified as key drivers of expenditure growth.
The Minister also announced new taxes and some other interventions to meet the domestic revenue target.
But the minority at a press conference after the presentation of the budget by the Minister opposed the budget, especially to the newly announced electronic transaction levy (1.75% e-levy) by the government.
Addressing the media after the presentation of the budget, MP for Ajumako-Enyan Esiam, Cassiel Ato Forson assured Ghanaians that the Minority caucus will reject any tax introduced to worsen the hardships faced by Ghanaians
Speaking to Princess Arita Anim, various members expressed worry and disappointment.
First was the MP for Yapei Kusawgu Constituency, John Jinapor who bemoaned the e-levy, saying the tax would affect jobs.
“Why tax money people will send to their poor parents in the village,” he quizzed as he chastised the government for being insensitive.
MP for the Madina Constituency, Francis-Xavier Sosu also indicated that the Minority in Parliament will carefully study the budget, and resist the approval of any taxes that aggravate the plights of Ghanaians.