Dusseldorf CSU boss Markus Söder is calling for large-scale tax cuts so that the economy can pick up again after the Corona crisis. “If the first phase with emergency aid and guarantees is over, we also need a vital economic stimulus program of a similar size,” said Söder of the “Bild am Sonntag”.
In his opinion, the German export economy will suffer even longer, so domestic demand must be stimulated. “That means: no tax increases, but tax cuts. The solos must be abolished faster and for everyone, ”said the CSU boss. “In addition, we should lower total income tax so that as many employees as possible have more money in their pockets.”
Söder also believes that the automotive industry must be strengthened with its own program. “This time not with a scrappage, but with an innovation bonus,” he said.
The state should provide massive support for the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles. “This is how we secure jobs, protect the climate and improve the competitiveness of our automotive industry. That can even catapult us forward to Corona. ”
For almost three weeks now, public life in Germany and in numerous other countries around the world has almost come to a standstill as a result of the corona pandemic. Schools, restaurants, bars and most shops are closed and meetings of two or more people are prohibited in public spaces.
In order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible, many companies have temporarily shut down their productions. The economy fears a massive recession as a result of the pandemic. The measures initially apply until April 20, but Bavaria’s Prime Minister warned in the Handelsblatt interview not to give citizens hope that the exit restrictions could be withdrawn prematurely. The top priority is to significantly reduce infections and thus save lives. “Everything else has to submit to it.”
According to calculations by the Munich Ifo Institute, the impact of the pandemic on Germany could cost more than half a trillion euros and more than a million jobs. Ifo President Clemens Fuest explained that the crisis would lead to massive upheavals. In the most extreme case, the institute expects an economic downturn of up to 20 percent. The Ifo boss therefore calls for the bans to be gradually removed as soon as possible, taking the risks into account.
Söder warns, on the other hand, that what the exit restrictions and contact closures bring can only be said after Easter. It is not yet clear whether there will be any easing after April 20. “This date is not set in stone. This is about health and it cannot be scheduled, ”said the CSU politician.
Special payments for caregivers
At the same time, Söder promises to give the nursing staff in Bavaria, who were particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis, a special payment of 500 euros. “In addition, we have set up free food and drinks for employees in all hospitals, nursing homes and retirement homes,” said Söder.
Greens faction leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt demands that thanks to funds from the health fund, thank-you bonuses be paid to all German medical nursing staff in the Corona crisis. “The federal government should now use all means and means to support direct financial bonuses to the staff, among other measures,” said Goering-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
In the crisis, nursing staff are doing “incredible things every day”. The Ministry of Health can now release funds from the health fund’s liquidity reserve and set up a nursing fund so that hospitals, emergency services and care facilities receive additional funds that they can quickly pay out to their employees as thank-you bonuses.
Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) had already announced that he would like to exempt bonus payments to employees in the Corona crisis up to an amount of EUR 1,500.
The nursing industry was open to a supplement in the crisis. “We are open to a one-time bonus of up to € 1,500,” said Friedhelm Fiedler, Vice President of the Nursing Employers’ Association, the “Bild” newspaper. “This big gesture would make perfect sense.” However, every company has to decide on such a payment itself, said Fiedler.
With agency material
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