MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Budget 2021: Brinkhaus clearly rejects tax increases
The course has been set for the post-corona period. With the budget for 2021, the governing coalition is sending a clear signal as to how the country will find its way out of the crisis – with investments in promising technologies and with a billion-dollar commitment to education, health, digitization and sustainability.
In the debates at the first reading, the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, once again made it clear that investments in the right areas are now important. It is particularly about industries in which new jobs are to be created: “More well-paid jobs also mean more tax revenue and more income in the social security systems.”
On the other hand, Brinkhaus clearly rejected the tax increases for higher earners proposed by the coalition partner SPD: “Tax increases have never helped in times of crisis,” said the parliamentary group leader. “Incidentally, strong shoulders already carry more than weak ones. And medium-sized companies with their many partnerships are one of these strong shoulders. ” The details of the budget, which will be discussed in the coming weeks, will therefore still be fierce.
In the general debate at the beginning of the budget week, the parliamentary group leader had already emphasized that Germany can afford this step today because it has “managed sensibly” in recent years. The basic line of “keeping measure and center” must continue to be adhered to. One thing is certain: wrestling with the consequences of the pandemic will shape the years to come. A total of 96 billion euros in debt will have to be borrowed in 2021 in order to get the economy and society through the crisis.
For the Union parliamentary group, it is undisputed that Germany, despite the enormous challenges, continues to adhere to its international and security obligations. Henning Otte, defense policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, describes the rise in the defense budget from currently 45.6 billion to 46.8 billion euros as “important and correct”. This will continue the chosen path of modernizing the armed forces. The Bundeswehr, the common European defense and NATO stand for peace and freedom.
Last but not least, the Union parliamentary group’s heartfelt concern is the protection and promotion of art and culture: “Culture is not a delicacy for gourmets, but bread for everyone,” emphasized State Minister for Culture Monika Grütters in the parliamentary debate and defended the planned budget increase in the same breath. The increase is important, at the same time it is “not a time of joy”, as countless artists and cultural institutions are suffering severely from the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic. They urgently need more support.
For this reason, at the urging of the Union parliamentary group, spending on culture and the media is to be increased by around 120 million euros in the coming year.
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