Madrid (EFE).- The president of the Canary Islands, the socialist Ángel Víctor Torres, has today criticized the popular presidents of Andalusia, Murcia or Madrid for manipulating public opinion by defending that cutting taxes on high-income earners means that companies are attracted while simply “in favor of those who have the most.”
Torres met today with the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá.
Both have appeared before the press to draw attention to the good employment data in the Canary Islands and the increase recorded during this term in the households of people with insufficient income receiving government support.
“When we came to the government, there were 5,600 households with help and now 37,000,” Torres recalls, while Escrivá pointed out that “the beneficiaries of the minimum vital income and the Canarian protection income are a total of 65,000 people. This shows how different ideologies are reflected in politics.”
In his media appearance, the Canary President responded to a question about a possible recentralization of taxes to avoid competition between regional governments.
The question referred to the announcement by the Andalusian president, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, to abolish the wealth tax, like the government of Madrid, a proposal followed by an announcement of other tax cuts by the executive of Murcia, chaired by López Miras, of the PP, like the two previously mentioned.
“How do they say this means bringing in companies when it means taking advantage of those who have the most? Those who pursue this policy give scholarships to those with the highest incomes and not those with the lowest incomes, or they close, as is the case in Madrid, health centers or emergency centers, while we must practice the defense of public health ” , has reproached Torres, in direct reference to the popular Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid.
Escrivá, for his part, has again denied talking about tax recentralization (“a false controversy based on something I never said”).
Torres, for his part, has maintained that “it is fair that those who earn the most, for example through rising energy prices, pay more to help families.”
Escrivá recalled the agreement between the two governments to support those most affected by the price increases caused by the war in Ukraine and defended that the good work done to protect employment in the Canary Islands during the pandemic is now being done, also for this new challenge.
And he has defended his statements with data such as “from this ministry we protect one in five Canarians, pensioners who, regardless of inflation, have guaranteed their purchasing power.”
“In the Canary Islands, employment has grown by 8% over the past year; 60,000 canaries still have work. And not only employment is created, but also quality. Added to this is the stability generated by the labor reform,” Escrivá added. EFE