Economy in Saxony – weekly briefing
The energy minister hopes for the federal government + problems with the Saxon digital agency + no apprentices in companies
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Yesterday at the editorial meetings of many media houses there was a bit of a disappointment, because the terrifying chaos at gas stations, trains and trams did not materialize on the first day of the 9-euro ticket or the discount on tanks at the start. Consequently, there have been fewer headlines on this topic. However, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing is already convinced in the light of the sales success that a cheap ticket to cross the country will be a “successful project” that will change the mobility behavior of Germans in the long run. Whether it succeeds remains to be seen. It is not only mobility researchers who have doubts.
We will also see if the reduction in fuel prices will pay off. Tax policy has a lot to do with psychology. People should see them as fair. People react very emotionally to some taxes and fees, but hardly anything else. Given the special love that Germany had for its cars, the Federal Finance Minister of the FDP, Christian Lindner, is opening the right valve to unload all the costly consequences of the crisis. It is impossible to predict what further effects the discount on fuel will bring, whether the money saved from gasoline will be spent in retail or in gastronomy.
In recent years, there have been temporary tax cuts to combat the crisis. Remember about the VAT reduction in the first year of the pandemic. A lot of purchases were simply moved forward and were not in the consumption statistics for the following year. This reduction did not matter to the state. In the fall we will see if it will be different this time.
Until then, have fun with the 9 Euro ticket, hopefully not too full, or with well-being at the dispenser.
Have a nice day
Yours sincerely, Nora Miethke, Head of Business at sächsische.de
The most important thing in the economy of Saxony
+++ The energy minister hopes for the federal government +++
After long negotiations, the Saxon ruling coalition of the CDU, the Greens and the SPD agreed to implement two important projects under a joint coalition agreement. On the one hand, a decision was made to amend the construction law of the Free State, which specifies a minimum distance of 1000 meters from the next housing estate for the construction of new wind turbines. This regulation has long been the subject of internal debate as it would hinder the expansion of RES due to spatial constraints.
Saxony’s Minister for Energy and Climate Protection, Wolfram Günther (Greens), defends the agreement. “The compromise resolved today fulfills the coalition agreement, but it goes further. Thanks to democratic decisions, municipalities can finally implement their own projects and can go below 1000 meters, ”Günther emphasized in an interview with Sächsische.de. The Saxon CDU in particular pushed for a swift reorganization of the minimum distance in order to anticipate possible new federal requirements. In return, it supported the reduction in rental prices in Dresden and Leipzig, which was demanded by the SPD and the Greens, which the government decided on Tuesday.
+++ Anger at the Saxon digital agency +++
It is a German-wide construction site that does not end with the Free State. In many areas of the Federal Republic, the digitization and expansion of infrastructure are idle. Also in Saxony. According to experts, Bavaria lags far behind when it comes to high-speed Internet, despite huge financial outlays. “We have already used around EUR 700 million to expand broadband in Saxony,” said Economy Minister Martin Dulig (SPD) in praise of the black-red-green government in his mid-term review. Contrary to the holiday mood at the ministry, Matthias Hundt sees Saxony as one of the last places in terms of broadband expansion and digitization. The expert criticizes the “bad attitude” of the Free State.
+++ No apprentices in Saxon companies +++
Companies in the Free State lack young talent. About 19,000 jobs have been reported for vocational training this season. That’s 11.8 percent. more than half a year ago. This is counterbalanced by a decrease in the number of young people enrolled in training at youth employment agencies. This is also reflected in the free labor market. Many jobs are vacant all over Saxony and the job market is at its best. The number of unemployed in Saxony has fallen for the fourth month in a row. An increase is expected in June, but it is associated with a change of system.
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