DPP urges passage of infrastructure bill

LOOKING SOUTH:The planned NT$300 billion budget for railway construction in the program would address ‘transportation justice,’ Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said

Taipei Times
Date: May 11, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors and county commissioners yesterday

From left to right, Tainan Mayor William Lai, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday to push for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program bill to be passed by the legislature. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

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]

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