President Peeta Mellark, joined by Vice President Rebecca Tarson, announced today the Mellark administration’s 100-day plan. Over the next hundred days in office, the Mellark administration plans to tackle several issues, including the recession, the threat of the Oceanian Empire, and a comprehensive bill to overhaul the education system of Panem.
- Tackling the Recession: The Mellark administration is planning on tackling the recession as part of its 100-day plan. While it’s unlikely that the recession will be eliminated within a hundred days, the Mellark administration wants to alleviate the effects as much as possible.
- The Mellark Tax Cuts: Akin to those instituted by the Everdeen administration, the Mellark administration is planning to push for a tax reduction for all citizens of at least thirty-five percent, reducing the rate from sixty percent, the rate of the Canth administration. The proposed cuts would also eliminate the estate tax. Furthermore, the Mellark administration will pursue a twenty percent reduction for businesses from the rate of forty-five percent set by the Canth administration.
- Incentivizing Businesses: The Mellark administration, to further promote business growth, plans to push for subsidies for businesses that keep their business in Panem’s borders. This also involves cutting red tape for businesses in order to ensure that they are “free to do as they please.”
- Tax Code Reform: At long last, Panem citizens may not have to suffer through the horrors of tax season. The Mellark administration is proposing a complete reform of the tax code to minimize the process. The current code is hundreds of pages long; the proposed reform would fit the code into the size of a postcard.
- Cutting the Pork: The Mellark administration is also proposing the banning of “riders” in the Panem Congress. “Riders” are language added to bills that have little to no relevance to the bill in question. The banning of “riders” would prevent excess spending, or “pork”, according to the Mellark administration.
- Line-item veto: The Mellark administration is also seeking the allowance of a line-item veto for the presidency. According to the Mellark administration, this would allow for “executive efficiency” and prevent entire necessary bills from being held up due to one tiny piece of language.
- Tackling the OE: The Mellark administration is changing up Panem’s foreign policy. The new administration has sent a warning message through Secretary of State Celine Oswald to the nations of the People’s Republic of Oceania and the Polish-Ukrainian Republic that should Panem find further proof of their funding of the Oceanian Empire, Panem would cease international relations with their country, including trade. Furthermore, President Mellark is vowing for a more aggressive response to OE militarily, stating that if troops are needed, they will go.
- Rebuilding Education: Since the Revolution, Panem’s education system has been managed poorly. A lack of guidance from the federal government and zero standards left the schools open to illegal activity and poor quality. The Mellark education plan is already underway with the creation of the Department of Education, headed up by former Senator and now-Secretary Robert Kelso of District 12. The idea of the Department would be to set reasonable standards for Panem schools while not interfering with the autonomy of Panem’s districts. Such guidelines would implement certain benchmark testing to check the progress of students, federal funding for education, and promotion of the arts in schools, to name a few provisions of the overhaul.
The response from the opposition has been overwhelming. The Centre Party, as the official Opposition, has remained quiet on the issue, waiting for their constituents to weigh in, but the Labor, Civic, and Conservative Parties have all expressed their dismay at the plan.
“It’s simply unfeasible,” says Kari Lyles, the new Conservative Party leader in the House. “The tax cuts simply do not add up. The education bill is extremely optimistic, not to mention extremely expensive. If you are cutting taxes, then how are you getting the money to pay for this new education bill?”
“The plan is absolutely awful,” Governor Felicia Ren said to reporters on Wednesday. “Awful. There are no specifics on what they are doing about the OE. There’s no way the cuts help Panem’s citizens. There’s no substance to the education plan. What a piece of crap.”
“Try again,” exclaimed Sadie Myers, the Civic Senate leader. “I’m not even remotely impressed. He’s supposed to represent all people, right? Where is the environmental reform? Where is the leveling of the playing field between the rich and the poor? Where is the push to make businesses more accountable for their crimes? As a Civic Party leader, I hear from hundreds of people each day on these things. People want this, not some half-hearted attempt to reform the tax code and establish nationalized education. People want true reform, from the top down.”