Directional dispute in the traffic light: FDP rejects Green advance to higher taxes

How can the state generate more revenue so that the traffic light can handle crises and reform projects? The Greens find: About new taxes or a reform of the debt brakes.

Directional dispute in the traffic light: FDP rejects Green advance to higher taxes

How can the state generate more revenue so that the traffic light can handle crises and reform projects? The Greens find: About new taxes or a reform of the debt brakes. The coalition partner FDP promptly rejected it.

A conflict has broken out in the traffic light coalition as to whether the state needs additional revenue to pay for its rising expenses. The Greens budget politician Jamila Schäfer had demanded in the ntv "early start" either to raise new taxes or to soften the debt brake. The FDP immediately rejects this proposal.

The liberals see an urgent need for talks within the coalition with regard to relief, said the FDP chairman in the budget committee, Karsten Klein, to ntv. The state should not benefit from inflation at the expense of the citizens. "This creates social imbalances that can not be wanted by all partners of the traffic light."

The Greens' demand for exceptions to the debt brake beyond this year also met with rejection. According to Klein, the Free Democrats are loyal to the constitution and treaty. Both require a return to the debt brake in 2023. "We also expect that from our coalition partners." Above all, the budget politicians are called upon to make a contribution to the task and expenditure criticism agreed in the coalition agreement.

The Greens household expert Schäfer had spoken out in favor of additional financial room for maneuver at ntv. "We either have to turn the tax screw or talk about the debt brake again." One of the two measures is needed in order to have enough money available. She warned Minister of Finance Lindner against saving in individual areas because of the current large number of additional expenses. "We cannot now play off climate protection against peace and against social justice."

Schäfer suggested that the coalition should talk about taxes "that would bring relief to the general public and would only burden upper incomes or wealth." She also spoke out in favor of a so-called excess profit tax. Such a tax would generate revenue, compensate for war-related distortions of competition and, above all, hit large oil companies, which benefited particularly from the Ukraine war, according to the Green politician.


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