Thursday, January 27

Ayuso will fight for fiscal autonomy in full debate on regional financing



In full debate between the Government and the different autonomous communities by update of the regional financing model, the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso wants shield in the event of any interference by the Sánchez Executive in fiscal and tax matters. And to build a wall that guarantees freedom of action, his economic team will resume with the start of 2022 his battle for fiscal autonomy to confront the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

The Ministry of Finance, Economy and Employment directed by Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, once the negotiation of the Community budgets with Vox is over, it is finishing analyzing the allegations received during the public consultation period opened on September 15 for the preliminary draft of Law for the Defense of Financial Autonomy and finalize your final project to be approved by the Governing Council around the Christmas holidays, “in February at the latest”, as recognized by sources in their environment.

It is confrontation with him central government joins all those already undertaken by the Government of Diaz Ayuso, who already warned at the beginning of his second legislature that he would not stop giving a single ideological battle. With that promise as a flag, the president has entered not only to the dialectical rag against different initiatives presented by the Executive of Sánchez but also to the legislative confrontation, with the proposal of autonomous projects in the field of education, economy and taxation that can stop or limit the decisions of Sánchez and his partners in Congress.

Onslaught against socialist barons

But has also lashed out at those socialist barons that from the vantage point of their autonomous governments have accused the Government of Madrid of doing dumping fiscal for reducing to the maximum the autonomic sections of the taxes and even suppressing the three own taxes that remained in the Community of Madrid, although their impact on the collection was minimal. Thus, he has exchanged messages through the media with the President of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, or the Lehendakari of the Basque Country, Iñigo Urkullu.

And in recent weeks he has also found the time to attack the socialist barons and the Sánchez government itself on account of the Spain emptied, indicating that the problem in these regions is mainly due to an inadequate management of their taxation. To all of them has called on them to imitate the permanent tax cuts of the Community of Madrid because, in his opinion, it is the best way for companies to want to establish themselves in one territory or another, stop priming the debate on capital status or the decentralization of institutions which Sánchez brought up in early fall.

Wall against fiscal capacity

The objective of the Law of Defense of the Financial Autonomy of the Community of Madrid that will be approved after Christmas is face it with any state initiative that seeks to limit the fiscal capacity of the autonomous communities. In short, to oppose a possible tax harmonization or limitation of action on the taxes assigned by the State.

The bonding between the regional initiative of Ayuso and the regional financing model it is specified in the fact that the latter foresees precisely how the tax assignment system and the regulatory capacity on assigned taxes should be. In the event that the current situation is modified, these changes could be normatively overturned in the Organic Law of Autonomous Financing (LOFCA) and in the Law of assignment of taxes.

Limited action

The initiative raised by Lasquetty It has its limitations, since an autonomous regulation will always be subject to what a higher-ranking one says, such as LOFCA, in its case. In the Executive of Ayuso defend their project based on articles 156 and 157 of the Constitution, according to which the autonomous governments have autonomy for the development of their powers in this matter and the resources with which they can be financed are established (such as “taxes ceded totally or partially by the State; surcharges on state taxes and other participations in the State income, in addition to its own taxes, fees and special contributions and transfers from an interterritorial Compensation Fund ”).

Son fully aware that its law could never take precedence over any modification of an Organic Law, but the simple fact of presenting the project and its subsequent discussion in the Assembly is a way of leading the debate in the public and institutional sphere. It is also a way to force national parties represented in the regional chamber to position themselves on an issue that goes beyond the doors of the Assembly and affects all autonomous communities. That is to say, that it serves them “To make noise”, maintain a permanent speaker for the next few months on this matter and “remember that not all communities agree” on the harmonization or limitation of the fiscal capacity of the regions, sources from the Ministry acknowledge. In addition, it allows them, once again, position yourself with a speech in defense of Madrid.

Lasquetty acknowledges that the 240 page document that last Friday the Government sent to all the autonomous communities is just a starting point, a “preliminary” draft, which raises ideas about a single issue of regional financing and not about the whole: “It is a unilateral, indefinite and incomplete document”.

The initial proposal of the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, “focuses on the analysis of population adjustment variables,” explains Lasquetty, but has left out other aspects that must be included in the financing model “such as taxes and competitiveness funds”. The first point is important and it is where the public debate has focused in recent weeks, but “the last two aspects are fundamental for all the communities governed by the Popular Party and especially for Madrid ”, warns the counselor. “For the Community, it is essential to respect fiscal autonomy and the ability to define its policies,” he concludes.

Aquelarre popular

Last Friday, December 3, before the Government of Sánchez disseminated its financing proposal to the communities, the finance councilors of the different popular regions met in Ceuta to assess the situation and find a common position despite their demographic and economic differences.

Galicia, Andalusia, Castilla y León, Madrid and Ceuta they met there and agreed that the current model is insufficient to “face the real costs of some fundamental public services”, as well as that the future system “must respect the fiscal and financial autonomy of the autonomous communities, and their regulatory capacity, such as minimum at its current levels, so that communities can continue to make a policy to lower the fiscal effort for the benefit of citizens. A statement that highlights the opportunity that The law that Lasquetty will present in the coming weeks will grant Ayuso to once again be at the forefront of the national battle against Sánchez.

Little confidence in the agreement

About the possibility of agreement before the end of this term, which still has two years to live if there is no electoral advance, the Madrid councilor believes that it remains still “a lot” to speak and sees it complicated not only by the differences between the communities governed by the PP and the PSOE, but by the “diverse opinions in the government coalition itself and in the coalition of groups that support” Sánchez, “among which there are even more differences, to which are added even the differences between the independentistas themselves, “he says. Lasquetty.

“If there was a frank and sincere will to move forward, it could and the Community of Madrid is willing to participate in any meetings on this issue,” says the counselor. But it also qualifies that so far they have not received any summons to meet, although “the Ministry of Finance expects an assessment of this first starting document between December and January.”

Ideological fronts

Along with the economic battle, vital according to sources from the council so as not to discourage foreign investors who look to Madrid, Ayuso has two ideological fronts open in the Madrid Assembly. On the one hand, on December 16, the regional chamber will vote on whether to admit the processing of the Equality Law presented by Vox, which consists mainly of requesting the repeal of the equality laws already in force in the Community.

This issue, contrary to what Vox requested, has been left out of the negotiations on regional budgets, but Rocío Monasterio’s party does not want to waste a minute on this issue and wants to force the Popular Party to speak in the Assembly for just one week before the autonomic budgets are voted. The admission for processing of this Law of the extreme right depends on what Ayuso’s party decides on Thursday 16.

The president has assured in parliamentary headquarters more than once that there will be no repeal of either of these two laws in force (the Gender Identity and Expression Law and Social Equality and Non-Discrimination, and the Comprehensive Protection Law against LGTBIphobia), but it has revealed on several occasions that it is willing to “improve its wording”, and the negotiation between both parties focuses on those articles that regulate the reversal of the burden of proof.

The three left groups in the Assembly will articulate a common defense on this matter after a meeting held this Tuesday at the request of the socialist group and from Más Madrid they have rushed to urge the central government to approve “as soon as possible the LGTBI and Trans laws to protect the rights of the group in the Community of Madrid.”

On the other hand, the Teacher Law of Educational Freedom he has already started its processing in committee in the Assembly. This is another project that Puerta del Sol would like to have approved at the end of this year in order to curb the impact of the Celáa Law on the Community’s educational centers. The socialist group denounced precisely after the celebration of the first presentation of the commission that PP and Vox have not left the rest of the parliamentary groups “not even the possibility of exposing” their amendments and that they have already begun to work on their own transactions.

This law seeks to “guarantee”, according to the popular, the freedom of choice of the educational center and “protect” the model of concerted and special education, as well as competitions for the use of public land to build concerted schools.


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