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Ayuso will increase the budget for Madrid by 11.7% in 2023 while defending reducing public spending

The budgets for the year 2023 in the Community of Madrid seem lined up. The Government Council of Isabel Díaz Ayuso will approve this Wednesday the bill that must be ratified in the Assembly with the support of Vox. In the accounts planned for the next electoral year, the regional Executive expects to invest 25,738 million euros, 11.7% more than the previous year, while different members, including the president, defend wherever they have a loudspeaker that the public spending and lower taxes.

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These will be the second accounts that Ayuso is capable of pulling off. During the first brief term together with Ciudadanos, he failed to pass any Budget Law, a good example that he understands better with Vox in the Assembly than with Ciudadanos in the Government.

In any case, the budgets for 2023 will need the support of the extreme right to get ahead in the regional Chamber. Despite the comings and goings of Vox in recent weeks, with the request of a commission on what happened in the residences, which he later withdrew after the attacks by Ayuso herself, or on the repeal of the LGBTI law of the Community, both formations have shown harmony as far as negotiations of depth for the Executive are concerned. Last week, Rocío Monasterio and Madrid Vice President Enrique Ossorio celebrated their agreement on the Omnibus Law, which will modify or repeal some thirty regulations.

The Minister of Finance, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, already advanced in September that the Executive was working on preparing the accounts for 2023. When they were ready, he said then, they would be presented to their parliamentary partners. This same Tuesday, Ossorio affirmed that “the negotiations [con Vox] they are passing in a very reasonable way” and that “they are on the right track, although we have to wait until the last moment”.

“These are budgets that are going to come in handy for the people of Madrid at a time of uncertainty due to the War in Ukraine and after Covid-19. There are specific items in all the Ministries and we have configured it so that it also helps to reactivate the economy of Madrid”, Ossorio indicated. Specifically, the items that will increase the most, according to the accounts that will pass this Wednesday by the Governing Council, will be those of Health and Education, “with a historic investment”, according to Executive sources.

Specifically, 9,789.6 million will go to health, 11.4% more than the previous year. An increase that will be focused, these sources indicate, on reinforcing Primary Care, where professionals have spent years denouncing the high care burden and poor working conditions, and reducing waiting lists, an old commitment of the Ayuso Government that has not yet been fulfilled. cut off

In education, the Executive plans to invest 6,279.9 million, 9.1% more than in 2022. “It will allow for an increase in public places, scholarships and dining aid, as well as an improvement in teachers’ salaries,” these sources point out. The Ministry of Family, Youth and Social Policy will manage, if the accounts go ahead, 2,450.6 million euros, 11.8% more than in the past, of which 150 million more will go to nursing homes and 24 for the Natality Plan presented by the president at the beginning of 2022.

These accounts, with an increase of 11.7%, come at a time when President Ayuso is insisting more strongly on the need to reduce public spending. One of the last times was last Friday, when she made the former UK Prime Minister, Lizz Truss, ugly, that her “tax cuts are accompanied by an increase in public spending, which is what has made them not fit well the bills”. Some statements that do not coincide with what is reflected on their own accounts, with budget increases and tax decreases, such as the deflation of personal income tax or the extension of up to 25% of the inheritance tax bonus and donations for brothers and uncles and nephews.

The difference, however, is that in the income chapter, the Community will be able to note the increase in collection for various taxes such as VAT. Despite the fact that from the Popular Party they have accused the Government of Pedro Sánchez of being “lining money” through energy taxes, due to the rise in prices, more than half go directly to the autonomous communities.

The same happens with the European funds, which are managed by the regional Executives. This year alone, the Community of Madrid has received some 2,000 million euros for different projects and it is expected that another 47 initiatives will be financed through these items, for which at least another 3,800 million are expected in the coming months, which will go destined mainly to Education, Universities and Innovation, Health and Transport and Mobility. This, while the president has sowed doubts in recent weeks about the management of this money, which Brussels has denied.