Energy – the coalition argues for additional relief for citizens – the economy

Berlin (dpa) – The traffic light coalition argues over additional relief for citizens from soaring energy and food prices.

Greens leader Ricarda Lang told Bild am Sonntag: “There will be further relief. The increased gas and electricity prices have not yet fully reached the people.” Like SPD leader Saskia Esken before him, Lang challenged Finance Minister Christian Lindner’s (FDP) plan to adapt to the debt brake in 2023. On Wednesday, the heads of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP want to meet at the coalition committee.

re-apply the debt brake

FDP chief Lindner urges the federal government to re-apply the debt brake on hold during the krone pandemic. The debt brake provided for in the Basic Law allows only minimal loans. It has been suspended in recent years due to the heavy burden of the crown pandemic. Lindner now wants to prioritize projects. At the beginning of July, the government wants to decide on the draft budget.

“To fight inflation, the state must end its policy on credit,” said Lindner of Welt am Sonntag From now on, wealth creation must again be more important than distributing it. ” Last year, the state paid a good four billion euros in interest. “It cannot be ruled out that next year it will be as much as EUR 30 billion. Rising interest rates are a signal for a reversal. ” Without the FDP, the debt and tax increases would be endless.

On the other hand, Lang said, “The decisive question is not whether or not we will put the debt brake in hell, but whether we will meet the challenges of our time. It is clear to us Greens: we will not save on social issues. Not for the income of citizens, not because of the basic security of children, not because of the necessary relief for poorer households. ” She justified it with social peace. “If we save on social spending, more people may fall into poverty and lose confidence in the state. It threatens the foundations of our democracy. “

A discount on a tank and a ticket of 9 euros

The coalition has so far opted for two aid packages. These include a tank discount and a € 9 ticket on local and regional transport. Lang described the € 9 ticket as a huge success. “We are now investigating whether people are really switching from cars to trains because of the ticket. If that’s the case, we in the coalition absolutely need to talk about how we can build on that success. ” On the other hand, Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) is calling for more structural reforms in public transport before there should be more money.

Lang also said: “For future aid, we clearly need to be even more focused, for example through mind-boggling social donations. And we have to change something in the long run. ” The Hartz IV rate should increase by around EUR 50, as proposed by the Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD). In the case of the future tax relief, the Greens also wanted to consider people with low pensions. Social organizations have criticized that retirees will not benefit from the benefits packages.

No higher standard Hartz IV rates

FDP parliamentary group chairman Christian Dürr rejected Hartz IV’s demand for higher base rates in the Bild newspaper (Monday). “Hartz IV rates are automatically adjusted for inflation. Unfortunately, the situation is different with the tax rates for employees. Due to inflation, the tax burden increases without people with higher real incomes. ” As in the case of Hartz IV, one could think of an automatic adjustment of income tax rates to inflation in the future.

The FDP wants to focus on combating the so-called cold progression. It is a kind of crawling tax increase where the increase in salary is completely eaten up by inflation, but still results in higher taxation. “Cold progression is tax increase by inaction,” said Lindner.

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