Shadow budget aimed at fighting unemployment
The opposition Social Democrats presented their shadow budget Monday. The party is calling for efforts to combat unemployment, including what is called a competence commission.
The Social Democrat budget also seeks to reduce youth unemployment, with around US$ 20 million earmarked for creating Summer jobs and around US$ 15 million for Summer education. The party also wants to invest more in export supports, the railroads, music and art schools and wants to restore free admission to state museums.
The Social Democrats also want to remove the government’s controversial Phase 3 reform, where the unemployed would be forced to work for free for employers who would receive state subsidies. The party also rejects the government’s planned halving of the value added tax for restaurants.
Left Party budget
Another opposition party, the Left, also presented its alternative budget Monday. The party also rejects cutting VAT at restaurants and calls for further education for nurses and more money for child care.
The Left also wants to roll back the government’s income tax reductions for those with jobs, repeal tax deductions for household services, and reintroduce wealth and inheritance taxes.