A good three weeks before the cheap 9-euro ticket expires, the federal and state governments are fighting over a possible follow-up offer for the cheap ticket. The financing of a connection solution is still particularly controversial.
Bavaria insists that the federal government alone bears the costs for the follow-up offer in local and regional transport. Other countries signaled their willingness to co-finance. Finance Minister Christian Lindner sees no scope for additional federal funds.
Bavaria's Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU) told the German Press Agency on Saturday that "in this extraordinary situation, the federal government must ensure further relief for the citizens - and exclusively the federal government". After all, the states have already paid for a number of relief measures by the federal government, "although they have not initiated them".
The chairwoman of the conference of transport ministers, Maike Schaefer (Greens), had previously stated that the federal states were prepared to co-finance a follow-up offer to the 9-euro ticket. However, a prerequisite for such a decision would be facts that Federal Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) has so far failed to provide, said the Bremen mobility senator to the editorial network Germany (RND).
Lindner made it clear in the "Augsburger Allgemeine": "There are no funds available in the financial planning for a continuation of the 9-euro ticket." Every euro would have to be mobilized elsewhere through cuts, said the FDP politician. Wissing was recently open to a successor plan. According to his ministry, however, the willingness of the federal states to participate financially is a decisive factor.
North Rhine-Westphalian Transport Minister Oliver Krischer (Greens) told the "Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung". "We are ready to talk about the short-term extension and a permanent successor arrangement." Schaefer emphasized that "the federal states have already shown with the Corona rescue package that they are basically willing to participate substantially".
SPD: Participation of the states in the costs
The SPD parliamentary group insists that the federal states contribute to the costs. It must be clear that the federal government alone cannot take over the financing, said the deputy chairman of the parliamentary group, Detlef Müller, of the dpa. "In addition, it must be ensured that the necessary stabilization of operations as a result of cost increases and the expansion of the offer in public transport must not be left behind." In addition, a follow-up ticket should not replace existing cheaper social tickets. "To finance the federal share for a successor regulation, a dismantling or reduction of climate-damaging subsidies in the field of road traffic is a viable way."
Lindner opposes the Greens' proposal to abolish the flat-rate taxation of company cars in order to finance a successor to the 9-euro ticket. "It is already left-wing polemics to describe the flat-rate taxation of a company car as a privilege, because it is above all a tax simplification," he told dpa. The Greens' idea would force millions of citizens to keep a logbook without the bottom line resulting in additional revenue for the state. Studies have shown that flat-rate taxation does not mean a tax advantage. On the other hand, there is a tax subsidy for company vehicles for e-cars. "In my opinion, however, it makes sense because it means that climate-friendly new vehicles can be added to the fleet as company cars, which will soon become good and cheap used cars," said Lindner.