The government agrees to a record budget – criticism from the opposition and the FDP

After the two-day meeting, the black-green-red government of Saxony agreed on a record budget for 2023 and 2024. Therefore, a total of EUR 48.5 billion should be available in both years. Finance Minister Hartmut Vorjohann (CDU) admitted that the deal took precedence over hard struggle. In total, around 5.5 billion euro more than in the current double budget has been planned. For the first time, the budget will also pay off debts incurred from the krone pandemic. For repayment in the next two years, 700 million euros have been valued.

In terms of financial policy, the decisions made during the retreat are not only positive, said Vorjohann. “In order to finance the new double budget, the Free State’s reserves will be almost completely exhausted. This means that the structural problems in the state budget will not only continue to exist, but will increase ”. Additionally, in order to finance the budget, the real estate transfer tax should be increased from 3.5%. up to 5.5 percent “I’d rather avoid it. Using the reserves in combination with tax increases seems risky to me. “

Increased staff expenses are also planned. The project provides for a total of 2,500 new jobs, 500 of which will be financed by third parties such as the federal government. Within two years, 518 new jobs are to be created in the police, and an increase of 120 jobs is planned in the judiciary. Moreover, 730 new teaching positions are planned.

Minister for Energy and Environment Wolfram Günther (Greens) spoke of “painful compromises”, but “real agreement”. The government project recognizes the scale of the ecological crises. “This is the beginning when it comes to dealing with long lost tasks.” But design is not liberation. More would be needed for the challenges of the rule of law and the digitization of the judiciary.

Not all wishes could be fulfilled with this budget, but priorities could be set, added Economy Minister Martin Dulig (SPD). The coalition has lived up to its responsibility. “Budget is maintained by accountability for social interaction, strengthening the economy and ensuring good work.”

The planned record budget is a thorn in the side of the Free Democrats. Dresden’s FDP Torsten Herbst finally sees the Free State’s “long-term financial solidity”. “These spikes in spending and the reduction in reserves for day-to-day tasks have nothing to do with responsible fiscal policy,” said Herbst of the German Press Agency in Dresden.

“Instead of putting tasks, structures and authorities to the test, the CDU, SPD and the Greens are adding up their political wishes at the expense of the taxpayer. real estate transfer tax, ”emphasized Herbst. Instead of making it easier for families to buy real estate, the Saxon government coalition makes it even more difficult. The cornerstones of the budget are ‘more state owned and less private’.

AfD MP André Barth called for new recruitments only to tax detectives, police and teachers. “Rather than squeezing our hard-working citizens like lemons, the tax office needs to act consistently when large-scale fraud occurs. The problem is not the small fish, but the big fish. ‘ Since “tax investigators get much more from them than they cost, it makes sense to think about hiring.” The same goes for teachers and police officers.

Left-wing criticism directed in a different direction. Financial expert Nico Brünler called on the government to respond to the massive inflation and provide a fair relief. “Social peace must not be threatened,” explained Brünler. Cost increases, for example, would have an impact on parents’ contributions to day care, for which the Free State would have to foresee.

“The coalition must also ensure that municipalities can cope better with the current crises. To do this, they need to be allocated more resources that can be used freely, “explained the MEP. He accused the CDU of “planting an ax at the roots of the community.” The union demonizes investment loans and apparently calculates that “the more applause from the population, the less money the state spends”: “This has long proven a mistake, resulting in a lack of staff in schools and police. There is no curtailing politics! “

The budget is now to go to the national parliament. Vorjohann expects a decision to be made at the end of the year. The finance minister himself surprised his two fellow ministers with a statement. The government runs “fast, smooth and smooth” like a Swiss watch. Later, Vorjohann preferred to compare the work of the cabinet with the clockwork from Glashütte in Saxony. (from dpa)

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