Tax equalization – states to the federal government: “We want our money back”


The first preparatory meeting of state negotiators for financial liquidation took place in Vienna on Thursday. The representatives of the state agreed that on the one hand they were united in the direction of the federal government and on the other hand they wanted more money from it.

“Freely adapted from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, we say: ‘We want our money back,'” Upper Austrian governor Thomas Stelzer of the ÖVP said after the meeting in an interview with the “Krone”. Upper Austria is a net contributor to the common Austrian treasury and generates huge tax revenues. He wanted something in return, the governor said.

“Conditions for Negotiations Defined”
The group consists of
flown Chairn the LH conferenceBurgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ), the Vorarlberger Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP)stilts and the Viennese Alderman Peter Hacker (SPÖ). In the first Meeting was also the Viennese Finanzstadtrat Peter Hanke (SPÖ) there.
“Wwe have us as Veraction group of Lducks coordinated and agreed as Unit act independently of party membership. And we have defined some conditions for the upcoming negotiations,” says Stelzer.

focus on healthcare financing
A point of attention is the financing of health care. This was announced by Health Minister Johannes Rauch of the Greens in an interview with “Krone”. Stelzer sees a steady shift in the burden on state-funded hospitals.

The health insurance fund (ÖGK) “failed to secure care in the settled area, including on-call and night shifts and holiday replacement”. This has led to more and more people in hospitals Nations and the treatment there is significantly more expensive. “That needs to be resolvedthis is the turn of the federal government,” Stelzer demands action from the federal government. On “giant themea” is also the expensive purchase of medicines: “We have to come to a joint financing here.”

“Cross Party Act”
Experienced spoke of afriendlyn climate of cooperation”. A timetable for further discussions was set and the topics were also well coordinated. “We agree that we will be united and bipartisan in the upcoming negotiations. The federal government can also adapt to this,” says Doskozil. The most important substantive questions have been defined as financing and securing the future of the healthcare system and the healthcare sector.

Source: Krone


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