The re-elected president of the Junta de Castilla y León, the ‘popular’ Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has started his speech before the Plenary Session of the Cortes with a recognition of the pact reached between PP and Vox to form a Government. He has referred to this agreement as the “only alternative” to a new electoral appointment and with it he has guaranteed “four years of stability“for the autonomous community. Fernández Mañueco has advanced that his government will begin “immediately” the procedures for the bill to lower the regional personal income tax to “all taxpayers in the first tax bracket” -up to 12,450 euros, in which 19 percent is paid-. “My government will take the step,” she said.
“We should all congratulate ourselves on the result, it is an agreement that fully respects the principles that I assumed at the beginning of the negotiation process, it is an agreement that reflects the broad majority will expressed by the people of Castile and León in the last electoral appointment and it is an agreement that reflects the only viable alternative to avoid an electoral repetition that nobody wanted”has defended Fernández Mañueco.
Fernández Mañeuco has taken advantage of his investiture speech to once again demand from the central government the need to have a super-reduced VAT for electricity and gas and an exceptional reduction in VAT on fuels. It is a measure that, as he has defended, the autonomies would also contribute, since part of the collection corresponds to the territories. “We would have liked it to include a tax cut as agreed at the Conference of Presidents in La Palma”he has asserted.
Fernández Mañueco has opted for an “intelligent” fiscal policy that is capable of “attracting and retaining” the productive fabric. “Throughout this legislature we will have the lowest taxation in our historyespecially in rural areas, and we ask the Government of Spain to apply differentiated taxation that helps fight against depopulation.
It has announced new deductions for residing in areas at risk of depopulation
Thus, in addition to the reduction of the regional IRPF section, the regional president has announced new deductions for residing in areas at risk of depopulation and for moving to work in them. The president of Castilla y León at the investiture has insisted on tax benefits for access to housing and the reduction of the transmission tax for companies that settle in rural areas. Similarly, Fernández Mañueco has also detailed his intention to discount the purchase and rental of agricultural holdings priority and rustic farms, to which has been added a reduction of 95 percent of the general rates of fishing and hunting and also the specific rate of greyhounds.
On the other hand, Mañueco has insisted on his intention to promote advances in social protection, with “more personalized” services, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities. Furthermore, he has assured an “unprecedented” investment in family and birth policies, so that all people can develop their life project in the Community, fight against depopulation and face the demographic challenge. The support for farmers and ranchers has also focused part of his speech at a time that he has described as “decisive” in the transformation of the rural environment. “My government will always be defending the just claims demanded by our farmers and ranchers.”
A “complex” scenario
The re-elected president of Castilla y León has considered that a “complex” economic scenario like the current one requires “clear ideas and a lot of determination”. “I guarantee that the government that I will lead will take forceful and unapologetic measures to improve the lives of the citizens of Castilla y León”, he has settled. At this point he recalled that the unemployment figures in the Community have registered improvements and the economy registered a growth of 5.5 percent in 2021 after falling 7.9 percent in 2020.
However, he recognized that the current situation makes us face some economic outlook “very worrying” darising from “skyrocketing” energy costs and “very high” inflation, to which is added the lack of supplies and a situation aggravated by the “unjustifiable” invasion of Ukraine. After defending that the Government of Castilla y León has already worked “for a long time” to make structural reforms, has signaled its intention to go further. “We are going to approve a document of response initiatives in the face of the worsening of the economic situation, with a battery of measures amounting to more than 400 million,” she advanced.
Measures against the escalation of electricity and gas
These will include energy competitiveness measures to lighten the bill of families and companies, financing actions for companies directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine, measures for farmers and ranchers, including direct aid to ranchers to alleviate the increase in their costs and initiatives for the transport sector, to improve the financing of companies and lower prices travelers rates.
Added to this are energy efficiency and saving actions in the Autonomous Administration, aid to vulnerable families, including more funding for emergency aid, and speeding up the payment of the thermal bond to its 83,000 beneficiaries. It has also committed an increase in aid to patients who must travel, and compensation for the service of public employees and initiatives to compensate for the increase in costs in public sector contracts.
Regarding the pact with Vox, Mañueco has assured that the Chamber “is the most plural in our autonomous history, with representation of up to eight different political formations”, he recalled in the Chamber under the presidency of Carlos Pollan. In the first paragraphs of his speech, the regional president recalled the round of contacts he had to try to form a government after the results of the electoral meeting under the premise of defend the “interest” of the people of the Community and under seven premises. The first of these was to reflect the will that the people of Castile and Leon expressed democratically at the polls, the second focused on seeking stability for the entire legislature, and thirdly, Fernández Mañueco considered always guaranteeing the principles of the Spanish Constitution and our Statute of Autonomy.
Likewise, in that negotiation, as a fourth point, he focused on assuming the PP program as the most voted option in the negotiation, in fifth place he insisted on “talk about projects and performances and not about quotas of power or distribution of seats”In sixth place, he defended “acting with transparency” and, finally, he insisted on “ensuring a strong, solid and effective government for the next four years.”
Fernández Mañueco has recalled that “some” parliamentary groups “excluded themselves” immediately in the negotiation, while others “made demands that were difficult to accept”. Thus, after these negotiations, the president of Castilla y León recalled that the agreement crystallized with the pact between PP and Vox. At this point, Fernández Mañueco has expressed his appreciation to the regional leader of VoxJuan Garcia-Gallardo, for their willingness to dialogue.
“We are two different parties, each one with its legitimate positions, which the people of Castile and Leon know very well”
“We are two different parties, each one with its legitimate positions, which the Castilians and Leonese are well aware of, but we have been able to set an example of generosity, responsibility and ability to agree. talking, negotiatingand looking for meeting points when it was necessary to reach the necessary consensus”, he settled.
On this matter, Fernández Mañueco has pointed out that the pact is “necessary” to improve the future of Castilla y León, after which he has asked that the next government of Castilla y León be judged by its actions and its results. “We have a lot to build and be valued for our actions with justice, without prejudice and without preconceived attacks, the agreement lays out the way to manage effectively the interests of Castilla y León”, it is finished.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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