Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democrats

Social Dems Want More Taxes

The Social Democrats want more taxes. Writing in an op-ed in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, party leader Mona Sahlin called the ruling right block’s tax breaks “irresponsible.” By increasing taxes on high wage earners and introducing new taxes on wealth and expensive properties, she says, the Social Democrats will create more jobs and protect the quality of welfare services.

Mona Sahlin writes that it’s time to be “honest” and admit that “there’s no room to cut taxes in the coming years.” The proposed taxes would shore up the state’s resources and allow for investments in education, research, job training, and social services.

The announcement comes at a time when a recent opinion poll by SIFO Research International showed that only 20% of voters would like to see Mona Sahlin as prime minister. Sitting prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received support from 60% of those surveyed.

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