Budget Cuts Target Ministers Without Portfolio, Deputies

The budgets of Israel's many ministers without portfolio will be cut by NIS 19 million, if the NIS 2 billion budget cut proposal that was submitted to the Knesset Finance Committee yesterday garners a majority.

What's certain is that right now it doesn't have one, so it is unlikely that the Finance Committee will vote on the proposal today.

Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (who is still formally considered a minister without portfolio) would take the biggest cut: NIS 8.5 million in 2010, reducing the budget of his bureau to NIS 208,000.

Minister Benny Begin, who doesn't have a formal portfolio either, is losing NIS 100,000 from his budget.

Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein, which isn't an official portfolio either, will lose NIS 1.5 million from his budget.

Deputy ministers Ayoob Kara and Gila Gamliel will each lose NIS 90,000 from the sums allocated for their use during 2010, while deputy minister Yitzhak Cohen loses a lesser NIS 18,000. Minister without portfolio Yossi Peled has to wave bye-bye to NIS 12,000.