The head of the Treasury says that it would mean a loss of 240 million for local entities and the opposition accuses him of "being swollen" with income
The Vice President of the Government and Minister of FinanceRomán Rodríguez, expressed yesterday once again his r
frontal blow to a generalized reduction of taxes although it opened the door to adopt measures "selectively" as has already happened in La Palma, during the pandemic or in the case of fuels to professionals. Instead, he was in favor of specific aid to families and vulnerable sectors.
On the contrary, the opposition groups -
Canarian Coalition and Popular Party -, who defend a tax reduction, accused the Government of "being swollen» with the tax collection «at the cost of the suffering of the canaries».
In a parliamentary appearance to analyze the consequences of the 0.5% drop in the IGIC in 2019, Rodríguez maintained that this decision adopted by the Government of the Canarian Coalition and supported by the Popular Party had hardly had an impact on the lives of Canarians - four euros a month, he pointed out. As he explained,
the public coffers stopped entering 117 million that affect public services, fundamentally those provided by local entities, since 58% of the income from the main Canarian tax goes to councils and town halls.
He assured that he will ask Fecam and Fecai if they are willing to lose the resources that lowering the general rate of the IGIC from 7% to 5% as requested by the opposition would mean and what it would mean for these corporations around
240 million lessof the total of 420 that the autonomous community would stop entering.
The vice president celebrated that after three years of adversity, the final stretch of the pandemic is being experienced and the Canary Islands are registering positive economic numbers - «the data point to the
greater employment and more members of Social Security than ever»- although he maintained «prudence» because inflation «continues to be a threat», he said.
He assured that the Canary Islands will maintain their fiscal differential with respect to the rest of the State, as well as a "fair" taxation as a formula to maintain public services, guarantee rights and investments. In his opinion, "people agree to pay taxes if they are well invested, what they do not accept is stealing and here - he said in reference to the Popular Party - there is a party that has merit."
In this regard, the popular spokesman,
Fernando Teachsaid that the Government “should be ashamed” of refusing to lower the tax pressure when a “historic” collection is taking place in the IGIC, which this year has already entered 404 million.
He insisted that the Executive "are swelling to collect not only because of inflation, but because of the suffering of Canarian families" and recalled that in Madrid or Andalusia, where he governs and
l PP, taxes have been lowered and at the same time the collection has increased«. This premise was denied by the groups that support the Government who insisted that it is a “falsehood”.
Enseñat assured that
your lineup is proud to support the 2019 sale because those 117 million that were not entered from the IGIC "went into the pockets of the canaries." He recalled that in these three years of progressive pact, the available budget of almost 31,200 million and "they have left over" 300 million surplus. "They collected taxes that they were not able to spend," he said, to point out that "
the bad data is not due to lack of money, but to management capacity».
Rosa Dávila (CC), proposed lowering the general rate of the IGIC from 7% to 5% and deflating the regional section of personal income tax because the Government "is swelling to collect." Despite the resources that he has made available in these years of mandate, he said,
"There has been management waste."
The representative of
Socialist Group, Iñaki Lavandera, described as "irresponsible" to lower taxes and advocated a "fair" tax system. In his opinion, a tax cut puts public investments, services and the welfare state at risk. He insisted on "the falsehood that lowering taxes raises more" and recalled that "lowering the IGIC in 2019
it didn't help» and accused the opposition of «lack of courage, responsibility and rigor».
For her part, the spokesperson for
ASG, Melodie Mendoza, also considered that the reduction of the IGIC by half a point in 2019 sought to reactivate the economy and "did not succeed". The only consequence, he stressed, was less money for public coffers and essential services "without improvements in the living conditions of citizens or greater consumption by families."
In any case,
proposed "specific" tax cuts that contribute to alleviate the loss of purchasing power and with the greatest possible responsibility.
Can Manuel Marrero maintained that the descent three years ago was a «
toast to the sun« of the Canarian Coalition in the face of the electoral proximity and described the reduction as »irresponsible«
Esther González, from Nueva Canarias, the "incessant" demand of the opposition supposes "giving up to improve" public services and social justice and crossed out the claim of CC and PP of
"tax populism" because, like his partners, he insisted that "lowering taxes never increases revenue."