Yesterday evening, the Legislative Yuan's special session finally passed the third reading of the draft of the Forward looking infrastructure development plan. The DPP and the KMT caucus reached an agreement on trimming the budget from the originally proposed NT$882.5 billion over eight years, to NT$420 billion over the first four years. In addition, the original 5 categories of infrastructure development under the plan was expanded to eight, the overall plan will now also cover efforts to ramp up Taiwan's low birth rate, improve food safety and enhance human resource development. To effect passage of the third reading on the infrastructure plan budget, the DPP made a conciliatory gesture and cut the original proposition of NT$882.5 billion over eight years to NT$420 billion over the first four years. This passed the third reading without difficulty. Consensus was reached with the opposition and three issues: the low birth rate, food safety and training were added to the original five items of rail construction, digital infrastructure, green energy, urban-rural development and water resource infrastructure. Another issue added to the draft was that central government agencies must conduct environmental impact assessments, viability and cost-effective projections, and submit these reports to the Executive Yuan for approval before a budget is allocated. The DPP hoped that this version would pass, giving each side what they wanted. ==LEE JUN-YI DPP Sec-Gen. caucus== Yesterday's negotiations added some other articles, so we had 15 articles to handle and we are doing this one by one. Everyone is in agreement on some of them and so we don't need to handle those again. ==CHENG PAO-CHING DPP legislator== I think we don't need to avoid anything, we can just handle everything fairly. This infrastructure budget is the first time that the KMT and NGOs have cooperated to produce a draft version of the budget. In the Executive Yuan version of budget borrowing, it advocated a debt limit of 15 percent of the government's annual expenditure. The opposition parties criticised this as abuse of the budget, creating a burden for future generations. They also criticised the hastiness of projects, supported by the green camp to win local votes. The most contentious items were the sheer number of rail projects, the Executive Yuan advocated infrastructure for the densely populated six major cities and construction in urban districts and criticised that none of the infrastructure was operated on a sustainable basis. ==LAI SHYH-BAO KMT legislator== Rail projects are the easiest way to collect votes and to speculate in land prices, rail projects are the easiest path to corruption, everybody knows this. ==HSU YU-JEN KMT legislator== Its a really big mistake for a government administration to use big infrastructure projects to demand and obtain large budgets. The items included in the infrastructure plan have been adjusted. Executive Yuan spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said they would not yet announce details and would wait until the Legislative Yuan passed all the articles. TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR 前瞻基礎建設特別條例草案,在協商過程中,國民黨團首度和民間團體合作,提出民間版本,要求因應少子化、食安及人才培育等項目,還要求增列究責條款,並且將期程和預算規模砍半,都獲得民進黨團的同意採納,前瞻條例也從11條,增為15條。 為求前瞻基礎建設特別條例草案過關,民進黨團釋出善意,將8年8900億砍成4年4200億,條文順利表決通過。朝野共識在建設方面,增列少子化、食安、人才培育等3大項目;還增列究責條款,政府得先提出政策及環境評估等分析報告,並且主動公布,民進黨團希望條例可以順利通過,達到雙贏。 ==民進黨團書記長 李俊俋== 昨天的協商 有加進一些條文 所以後來是15條來處理 現在一條一條來處理 有的大家有共識的 就不會再處理 ==民進黨立委 鄭寶清== 我想也不需要閃躲 我們只要做對的事情 那麼其他的公平自在人間 前瞻計畫惹議,國民黨團首度和民間團體合作,代為提出民間版本,包括預算舉債,政院版主張受公債法15%的流量限制,在野黨卻痛批,特別預算遭到濫用,將債留子孫;也批評計畫形成倉促,淪為綠營綁樁手段;而最爭議的軌道建設,政院主張將集中在人口密集的六都,和都市地區建設,也被批評建設沒有永續經營的方針。 ==國民黨立委 賴士葆== 軌道最容易綁樁 軌道最容易炒地皮 軌道最容易A錢 這個是任何人都知道的 ==國民黨立委 許毓仁== 如果每一任的政府 都利用大興建設的方式 來說我要舉債多少錢 我就舉債多少錢 那是一個非常大的一個錯誤 前瞻項目將如何調整,行政院發言人徐國勇表示,現在還不會公布,等立院通過前瞻條例之後,行政院最快下週一召開臨時院會,通過第一期一千多億的特別預算,以便在12號立院第2次臨時會召開前,通過首期預算。 記者 陳佳鑫 蔣龍祥 陳柏諭 台北報導。