Saturday, September 25

Ayuso dispatches the opposition with a “no” to (almost) everything


New political course but with few changes in the Puerta del Sol. The style that has characterized the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, during her first two years of mandate based on the little consensus with the opposition has no signs of that it will change in the new legislature that began in June after the May 4 elections. Ayuso met with the opposition this Monday in a round of contacts that tried to initiate a time of dialogue, however, the meetings ended with a ‘no’ to (almost) all the proposals presented by the parliamentary groups.

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Neither equality law nor investment in more psychologists nor resignation to continue lowering taxes. Neither with Vox, its government partner, have there been great advances on a priority issue for the regional government: budgets. Ayuso has summoned the leader of the far-right formation to speak again in October about the accounts that have been in a drawer for more than two years.

One of those notorious ‘no’s’ has been the one that Isabel Díaz Ayuso has given to a proposal by the PSOE spokesperson, Hana Jalloul, who has requested that the Government present an equality law throughout the legislature. The Community of Madrid is the only region together with La Rioja – which has already begun to process it – that does not have a regional regulation in this line. The government spokesman, Enrique Ossorio, later tried to justify that refusal. “It is important to reserve to the law what should be the object of legal regulation, and that something that can be the object of an equality plan, as there is in the Community, be done at that level,” Ossorio argued before the press. “Looking at the laws of other autonomous communities, more than laws, one could speak that they are plans, strategies,” he added.

With the socialist, there has been no consensus on retaking the residency investigation commission or the European funds control commission that Jalloul proposed before the summer. The spokesperson has taken the president’s commitment that she will build more than thirty health centers and 39 other educational centers by 2022.

Before the socialist spokesperson, the leader of the opposition, Mónica García, sat with the regional president. The spokeswoman for Más Madrid also went with a list of requests that have finally been left on paper. Some were quickly dispatched even with a refusal. The leader of Más Madrid has asked Ayuso to reverse the elimination of the three own taxes announced last Wednesday by the president and which represent 3.4 million euros for the coffers of the regional administration. García’s proposal is that this money be used to hire 100 psychologists. “He has given no for an answer,” Garcia said about the president’s answer.

“All taxes are necessary at this time of reconstruction. If we have to choose between slot machines and mental health, we choose mental health. When you lower taxes you have to say which doctor you are going to fire,” García said after leaving the meeting with Ayuso. “It is true that they are minimal taxes and that they may be obsolete, but they are fundamental. That money can be spent on 100 psychologists, we are concerned about mental health, especially juvenile health,” García stressed.

As for the rise in the price of electricity, García has asked if the regional government has any plan to alleviate its effects. Ayuso “has nothing in mind,” said the leader of Más Madrid. From the training they propose a regulatory change to facilitate the elimination of bureaucracy when installing solar panels and the president of the Community has not been able to answer if she contemplates any reform in that direction.

García highlighted Ayuso’s “lack of projects” during the meeting, something that Podemos spokesperson Carolina Alonso also agreed on, who sat down with the regional president in the afternoon. Alonso has called the meeting “cordial but sterile” and denounced the lack of proposals by the Madrid leader.

On the turn of Rocío Monasterio, with whom the president has been meeting for more than two hours, the meeting has served to advance little (or nothing) in the budgets, as explained later by the leader of Vox in Madrid. Monasterio has indicated that the president has summoned her to speak on this issue in October, when the PP plans to have the draft. The Vox spokeswoman has assured that Ayuso’s plan is to present closed budgets so that Vox later introduce amendments in the Madrid Assembly, something that she has rejected. As Monasterio has indicated, their intention is that there is a negotiation and “agreement” before they reach the Chamber of Vallecas.

The Community of Madrid has had no budgets since 2019. The balance of the management of the almost two years of the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso at the head of the Community of Madrid before the May 4 elections were two laws and zero budgets. Now Ayuso intends to take a project to the Madrid Assembly at the end of October, as he has transferred to the opposition. Negotiations with Vox, however, have not yet begun as confirmed by the president herself to left-wing groups and later confirmed by the spokesperson for the far-right formation.

Monastery has conveyed to the press, however, that it has been a “long and productive meeting”, in which it has expressed concern about measures that have been taken in autonomies led by the PP, such as requiring the COVID passport in some activities, against those that have been shown “frontally opposite”. According to the Vox leader, the regional leader has promised not to carry it out.

The spokesperson for the far-right formation has also assured that she has been talking to Ayuso these days about Telemadrid and has reiterated her position that “regional televisions should be closed” because it is “an expense that right now cannot be allowed”, when It could be dedicated to Education and Social Emergency. As an alternative for the Telemadrid Monasterio workers, he proposes that they themselves “lead a chain and organize one without the intervention of politicians.” “I believe that if it were led by the workers it would be successful,” he said.

The spokesmen of the opposition groups have agreed on one thing: they want these meetings to become habitual for this new and short term that started in June and will lead to the 2023 elections. At the moment, little consensus with the left. Something else with Vox.



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