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Santo Domingo.-  Despite having published the Chamber of Deputies’ payroll in detail under pressure, its president Abel Martinez affirms that the law doesn’t require him to do so.

The measure comes in the heels of constant complaints by citizens and the media, headed by newspaper El Caribe.

And though the lower Chamber on Monday published all the names on its payroll, it raises even more questions.

As noted in the document kept under raps for years, 975 people figure as career employees of the legislative chamber, while 780 are as freely appointed personnel, who form part of the 190 deputies’ work teams.

In the list published on the website on the section Transparency, the pro-government minority PRSC party, with just nine lawmakers, has 50 people on that payroll, while the opposition PRD’s 79 deputies, have a staff of only 37.

Coincidentally, employees native of Santiago, Martinez’s electoral district, are among the best paid and include the chief of staff, two assistants and senior auditors and the Legal Adviser, whose wages far exceeds that of their peers.

Martinez complained of disclosing the payroll despite an alleged court ruling which waived him from doing so, but didn’t specify.

The measure, he said, is evidence of the lower Chamber’s policy of transparency on its financial operations.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: stillhere, 12 Dec 2012 9:28 AM
From: Dominican Republic
"affirms that the law doesn’t require him to do so."

And if up to them it will never be released......
If the public ever learn the real payrolls of these people ???? Well ?? I hope one day soon we can learn the truth about how much more is wasted on these do nothing, cushy, over payed jobs..
Written by: josean This user is banned, 12 Dec 2012 9:32 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Once again it proves by Far that the PLD MAFIA is the Most Corrupt Political Party in Modern Dominican History!

In 12 years they managed to do what it took the super corrupt PRI in Mexico 75 !

Written by: RobertoJose, 12 Dec 2012 11:29 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
Well, If you don't want to do what it is ask of you by the president, then you must be executed by the president
Written by: BASTA, 12 Dec 2012 11:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Written by: josean This user is banned, 12 Dec 2012 1:42 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Notice how the DT PURPLE CLAPPING SEALS have not commented on this Story!

Written by: Ricardolito, 12 Dec 2012 3:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
There is not the slightest doubt that we have too many poiticians , too many political staff and all are paid too much when you consider the average earnings or the population or even the earnings of the top 25 %
Many politicians have little education and zero experience in anything except basic living ..It is so hard to get these people to have any concern about their big packets ,,,for many it is just a God sent opportunity
Written by: Perez, 12 Dec 2012 3:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic
And then the pueblo wonders what happened to the $$$$ that left the huge fiscal gap!
Written by: josean This user is banned, 12 Dec 2012 4:58 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

The Criminal Pompous A-Hole in the Picture is the President of the House of Deputies who Drives around without License Plates in his Brand New Shinny TAX PAYER bought and maintained Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, because NO-Laws Apply to the PLD’s PURPLE Royalty!

Written by: jasfalon, 14 Dec 2012 7:37 AM
From: United States
More thieves in police uniforms?
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