October 7, 2022

Aitana Mas Says Consell Hasn’t Talked About Budget Figures Yet

Torrent (Valencia), Sep 23 (EFE).- The Vice-President of the Consell, Aitana Mas, has assured that the Valencian government has not yet discussed figures to prepare the Generalitat’s budgets for 2023 and there is no date set for the first meeting of the political committee to negotiate the accounts.

All information is being gathered to start work and review the documentation provided by the consellerias, to later discuss in the committee an initial draft of budgets and how to balance revenue and expenditure, Mas reported after the plenary session of the Consell, held this Friday in Torrent (Valencia).

The budgets will again include the claim and notional item for the underfunding of EUR 1,336 million because no transition fund has been established and no new regional funding system has been approved.

As for other funds for the transition to the new normality, Mas has indicated that he has not heard of “I don’t know how many thousands of euros” are being sought, and has pointed out that everything will be seen in the coming weeks.

Asked about the tax cut announcements from other communities such as Andalusia and Madrid, the vice president stated that Andalusia has now joined the tax dumping “with a war between the two to see what is the paradise of the rich”, and in that sense has championed harmonization of “a minimum” of central government.

By contrast, he said, the Botànic government is “focused on the opposite” and, instead of focusing the magnifying glass on “very small segments of the population, those with the highest incomes”, is working on a tax reform proposal that provides in the needs of families and people who find it difficult to make ends meet, as was done in 2017, which benefited 1.5 million Valencians.

“In our case, we make proposals for the majority, while the PP, in Andalusia recently, makes it for 0.2% of the population,” he criticized.

The Consell is committed to ensuring that companies can continue to invest in the Valencian Community and “this is done by having a society that does not endanger its public services,” said Mas, who has had an impact on having good health, education and public services and ensuring a welfare state that “can serve as a springboard to good economic activity”.

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