MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany –
Source: CDU CSU
“We are putting together a relief package of a good 40 billion euros, restoring tax justice with the complete abolition of the solidarity surcharge and at the same time reducing new debt by a good 88 billion euros to 50.8 billion euros (previously 138.9 billion euros). Euro). This approach combines current crisis management with future-oriented budgetary policy.
With the relief package, we are reacting to the currently extremely difficult situation for people and companies. At the same time, low net borrowing also means lower interest expenses in the future and we are thus creating financial leeway for future generations. In this respect, all social classes participate – whether young or old.
Especially against the background of the May tax estimate and the forecast general government additional tax revenue of 220 billion euros in the period 2022 to 2026, further relief measures should be taken. Before money is again spent on questionable programs, citizens and companies must be relieved in a targeted manner. When it comes to setting the right priorities, the state cannot become an inflation winner and citizens and companies cannot become inflation losers.
We are also seeing a turning point in budgetary policy. After many years with budget surpluses, we have had to regularly take on debts in the three-digit billion range since 2020. We have completely changed signs, the federal budget is in an imbalance. We have to react to this – also with regard to the number of jobs in the federal administration, which currently has around 293,000 jobs. For this reason, we are in favor of a flat-rate job saving of 1 percent. Certain areas, such as the Federal Police, the Federal Criminal Police Office or the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance are excluded from job cuts.
The coalition, on the other hand, has not recognized the signs of the times with a good 9,600 (gross) new jobs created. After around 7,500 new posts in the government draft and a further 321 new posts, more than 1,800 new posts were created in the parliamentary deliberations.
We are in favor of reducing the remaining expenditure in the ministries amounting to a good 1 billion euros. Here we want to start the gradual reduction of the remainder of the issuance, which is now around EUR 20 billion. For the most part, ministries receive more money than they can spend. The formation of billions of dollars in leftovers and the creation of money boxes make parliamentary control more difficult and result in a considerable lack of transparency. The collection jar of the ministries must finally be emptied.
There are similar problems with public transport and regionalization funds. Because here, too, funds of at least 5 billion euros lie unused – and the trend is rising. For this reason, we consider it imperative to freeze the dynamization of the regionalization funds at the level of 2021 with a total of around 9.3 billion euros. In view of these remaining expenditures, we also do not consider it necessary to initiate a debt-financed discount campaign with the so-called “9-Euro-Ticket” amounting to 2.5 billion euros. Since public transport does not fall under the primary responsibility of the federal government, it should be up to each federal state to carry out this discount campaign if necessary and to finance it with the remainder of the expenditure. Before “new money” is made available via debt, “old money” should be used first.”
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