Colombia’s House of Representatives approved the budget for the coming
year Monday after initially having turned it down. The budget nearly
got refused again, because the House wasn’t happy with the money
reserved for itself.
Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga presented the 2009 budget last week already, but was sent back to the drawing table, because the government had not included new expenses like the leveling of wages it had agreed with the country’s court workers.
After adding how the government wants to pay the court workers’ higher wages and the compensation of stolen land for indigenous Colombians, the Minister nearly saw the budget being turned down again, because the House wan’t happy with the money reserved for the representatives.