Sôgmô, Party Secretary to convene meeting of the CCE
The Sôgmô and the Party Secretary will convene the first meeting of the Commission for the Command Economy (CCE), a commission in the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, on 17 June 2017 at 12:00 SLT (UTC-5). Established in August 2015 near the conclusion of the 2015 Economic Goal, the CCE is responsible for directing the development and administration of the Sandum economy. It became an organ of the Party in November 2016 as a result of the 2016 CPS Party Congress.
The Commission’s first meeting will focus on three interdependent agenda points meant to drive the development of the Sandum economy:
- Employment Reform & Functionary Positions
- Annual Budgets & Voluntary Taxation
- Formation of a State Bank
The first proposal on the agenda is to discuss the changing employment system in the State of Sandus, from voluntary employment to state-run functionary appointments. These mean that the State of Sandus will do more to employ Sandum citizens by the various cooperatives and that the Commission will invest in the Office of the Sôgmô the ability to send economic directives to cooperatives and to the cooperatives’ functionaries. The Sôgmô will be able to send economic directives to cooperatives, a constitutional power hereto never exercised. These functionary appointments will mirror the constitutional structure of Sandus’s Central People’s Government.
Integrally linked to this economic power is the Sôgmô’s budget proposal, which will be discussed and voted on by the CCE. The budget proposes several areas of governmental business, including an expanded cultural purpose for Sandum cooperatives such as for the celebration of Sandum holidays. The budget envisions that cooperatives can be used in a Matter Realist manner to develop Sandum culture and infrastructure. The cost of this governmental business, planned to be more than $1,000 of hard money and another $1,000 of soft money in the financial year 2017-2018, will be met by the Bureau of the Treasury. These funds will be financed primarily by the Sôgmô and future voluntary taxes from other Sandum citizens.
Following the precedent established by the hiring of the Central People’s Government first functionary position, functionary appointments and employment in both the Central People’s Government and in cooperatives will now receive annual salaries from the State of Sandus. The Commission will, in a future meeting, fix prices for which Sandum persumae can be used to purchase items and to cover costs from salaries. The 17 June meeting of the CCE will foreshadow these necessary future developments by the Sôgmô’s proposal to establish Sandus’s first bank, tentatively named CivBanca. The state bank will have limited economic power and authority, most of which will remain with the Bureau of the Treasury, and will solely be a savings bank for Sandum citizens and their salaries.
These three agenda points, modest in their reach, will further define Sandus’s socialist economic structure and provide a more coherent vision for Sandus’s socialist development. Various implications arise from these proposals.
The first is that these changes make the economic structure of the State of Sandus reflect the constitutional layout of the Central People’s Government of the State of Sandus. Functionary positions in government and in cooperatives now perform similar functions. Both government and Sandus’s socialist economic system will develop along lines similar to those specified in 2013, based on constitutional theory dating from 2012. These developments have been moulded by the Sôgmô’s Constitutional Project, a project created by the 2016 Philia Plan for the Major Societal Shift. Second, these new reforms to Sandus’s employment structure increase specialisation in both Sandum government and economy. The new developments in the chain of command in Sandus lend themselves to increased specialisation and activity in Sandus in a more general manner, and these will further focus on the development of cooperatives, ministries, and provinces.