FEBRUARY 5 2012 23:41h
Slovenly of our state in some certain functions has taken monstrous proportions. In time of the former Government, its officials would have sometimes admitted out openly how only a small amount of money, out of tremendous billions spent for subventions on agriculture, is actually being controlled. The major part of the money ‘’leaked’’ out of the state treasury, and no one even checked or submitted a formal report on how the money had been spent.
As a notorious fact, there is information that during the past years employers have incurred around 17 million HRK of debts to the state on behalf of tax expenses. The authorized state institutions didn’t undertake any effective measures to cut down such indiscipline but the truth about unpaid taxes was discovered only in the periods of some firms’ deep downfall. When hundreds of millions go missing, someone even in a slightly regulated system would be re-questioning what was going on. But when 17 billion HRK go missing, it points to a chronic non-functioning of state institutions, a sloppy government and to mistakes in economic policy.
At the same time the state allowed money leaking through fingers, it has been entering enormous debts and rising imposts in order to compensate a deficit. The same situation is still present. The minister of finances Linic resistibly wants to introduce a property tax. If this introduction doesn’t happen this year, during the next year it surely will. But neither has he had a right answer on the objection why new taxes should be introduced while even the existing ones are not being paid. The other night in the TV show ‘’Otvoreno’’ the former HDZ member Goran Maric reminds that the state has missed to charge even 9 billion HRK in behalf of concessions for gravel extraction. So when you compare this data, it really remains hard to explain why to insist on the new tax which brings around 300 millions HRK per year according to the evaluation of the Government, except unless you consciously count on a difference between discipline among small tax payers and those big ones who can afford regular non-payments to the state.
The new Government has to ensure survival and correct the misbehavior as they go along and by the beginning of this month the wages without contribution should be paid. The control of payments should be overtaken by banks as they practically should stop the wages without calculated contribution. The service of social accountant service used to do such thing once and then this service was abolished as a ‘’relict of socialism’’ so cheating the state, funds and workers would have been introduced as a normal heritage of capitalism.
Banks are refusing to take a role the minister Linic has planned for them. Their interest is not to displease clients. They fight for the clients on the market. Furthermore banks had a legal obligation until now to report wages without contribution. And they weren’t handling things that way. It wouldn’t be surprising if they agree on a new obligation about wage payments, that it would be connected with some mutual compromise with the Government.
But the Government in this case has no other option but to make a discipline within the existing system by creating new rules. It’s a shame that it didn’t stick to that measure considering public tenders for electing members of supervisory boards and administrations of state companies. Since those competitions were only a formality and a fake phenomenon. The Government has completely abolished them. We don’t want to hide behind a competition but we want to take a responsibility for the election of administration and boards, as the reigning members claimed in the parliamentary discussion. Many people had doubts though, that the real goal of such law alterations was just to take care of ‘’their own people’’. But it won’t end without consequences since the first acts were already quite of a scandal. Because the Government won’t be able to assure public that there was no one more appropriate for the Supervisory board Janaf from a person convicted for a prison sentence due to a resell of city lots. On the first sight, it is a small thing but very substantial for the Government credibility.