LOOKING SOUTH:The planned NT$300 billion budget for railway construction in the program would address ‘transportation justice,’ Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said
Date: May 11, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors and county commissioners yesterday
issued a joint statement urging the passage of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program bill, which has been stalled in the legislature, while President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) ordered the DPP to make a concerted effort to ensure the bill’s passage.
In a rare move, all of the DPP’s mayors and county commissioners urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to stop obstructing the passage of the eight-year NT$882.4 billion (US$29.15 billion) program, with the mayors of the four DPP-ruled special municipalities attending a news conference advocating the program.
“We are not advocating the program for our own cities’ development … but for national unity and [efficient] resource allocation. Parties are urged to cease irrational opposition for the sake of the nation’s economy and equal regional development,” Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said. [FULL STORY]