TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan’s Legislature on Jan. 10 passed the central government’s general budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, after cutting it by 1.19 percent to NT$1.998 trillion (US$64.88 billion).

During the extraordinary session that began Jan. 2, ruling and opposition lawmakers put forward 2,157 proposals for budget cuts but the number was reduced to 202 during cross-caucus negotiations chaired by Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) Jan. 7-9.

Lawmakers finally settled on a budget of NT$1.998 trillion, cutting 1.19 percent from the government’s estimate of NT$2.022 trillion.

The opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT’s) proposals to cut or freeze budgets for government agencies such as the Central Election Commission, Ill-Gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee and Transitional Justice Commission did not get enough votes to pass.

By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Christie Chen