Dmitry Medvedev has demanded from the Crimean authorities to account for the expenditure of the road” budget. The Crimea, where 80% of the highways does not correspond to Russian standards, receives annually from the state budget record amounts of money. Other regions can only dream of: in 2017 the Ministry of Finance promised to lower the subjects of transfers to the roads 2 times.
According to various surveys, almost half of Russians assess the condition of trails in their regions as satisfactory. While most of the others on the road, complain residents of the Far East and Crimea. In the ranking of the popular front, whose representatives at the end of last year inspected the highways of regional and local significance in 120 cities in 82 regions, the quality is the worst highway of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Ulyanovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Volgograd, Omsk, some of the best roads in Tyumen, Saransk, Belgorod.
In the Crimea, where the total length of roads is more than 14 thousand km, standards and norms corresponds to only 20% of the road surface. In 2016, the road network of the Peninsula from the state budget in the form of transfers allocated 8.5 billion roubles. That’s not counting the 211 billion rubles under the Federal target program for the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait and reconstruction of the main Crimean highways.
Other regions of such funds can only dream of. “In 2017, the Finance Ministry plans to cut transfers to the regions for the construction of roads in two times — from 52.5 billion to 25-30 billion,” — said the “MK” a senior analyst at GK Forex Club Alena Afanasyeva.
Thus the regional authorities can rely on additional revenues from excise duties on fuel and transport tax. As you know, in 2016, the excise duties were increased twice. Last April 1, when rates increased by 2 rubles for 1 liter of gasoline, and on diesel by 1 ruble. The state expects to receive an additional 90 billion rubles.
You could be happy, because the last three years, revenues from excise taxes in full was the regional road funds for the repair and construction of roads. However, the President instructed to allocate these revenues so that the regions and the Federal budget was half of the expected “gain”. It turns out, will not go more than 45 billion roubles.
“The reduction in road allocations will have a negative impact on the construction and related industries — continues Alena Afanasyeva. — Unemployment will rise. Many regions will cease to Finance major infrastructure projects. But Crimea — is everything. So there is the power of money does not regret”.
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