Venotian Senate voted to pass the Foreign Investment Inducement Act this week, after several failed attempts. Including last week's singular vote, a total of 5 tries were required with the Act being passed on the 5th attempt. It garnered 339 votes. President Sexton's response to the bill's passage was,
I'm glad we managed to finally pass a bill which should increase our productivity and make us competitive from a foreign standpoint. Our citizens should see the number of jobs skyrocket now that we have incentives for foreign nations to invest.
It is unsure what effects the law has had up to this point, but the President still stands behind the bill.
While the Foreign Investment Inducement Act was the major debate this week, other laws were passed:
- The Maths and Sciences Outreach Act was passed with a total of 301 votes.
- The Windfall Tax Act was passed with a total of 287 votes.
- The Enhanced Education Act was passed with a total of 299 votes.
Federal elections this week only took place once, with the Medial Party beating predictions and taking a gigantic 193 seat Senatorial advantage, while the Worker's Party lost almost all of the contested seats. Said the President of only holding elections once this week,
I firmly believe that our party's majority is in the best interest of the nation at this moment in time. I promise to my citizens that free elections will be held again this month [May]. However, there are some Senators who refuse to vote on even the simplest requirements for our country to run - therefore, I am forced to use a majority when I have one.
Needless to say, there are some Senators from all parties who denounce the President as a despot for refusing to hold elections - especially when the Medial Party holds such a huge Senatorial lead. Senator Bill Poliakoff (Worker's Party) said in a statement,
This is a blatant act of tyranny and I for one cannot believe our citizenry is standing for it. Sexton is clearly in the midst of a power grab. I call on every citizen now to show him what our original goals for the revolution were.
The town of Paví was upgraded from a "town" to a "city" this past week, increasing the number of citizens living there from 10,000 to 50,000. Infrastructure was also upgraded, with the number of clinics increasing as well. In accordance with the increased number of citizens and continued immigration into Venotia, President Sexton bought 40km2 of land to help maintain decent living conditions.