Intensive debates are to be expected in the Salzburg state parliament on Wednesday. The draft of the state budget is discussed in the finance committee. Finance officer Christian Stöckl (ÖVP) emphasizes that he has created a balanced budget in view of the inflation. The opposition parties are already announcing their rejection.
The country will spend 3.85 billion euros in 2023. Part of it, specifically 541 million, will be managed through new debt. This is also due to the crisis situation with the enormous increase in prices and the protection of the health and social system, says financial officer and deputy state representative Christian Stöckl.
Criticism: Too little budget for health, care, housing
This is where the first criticism from the opposition comes in: the increases in the areas of health, care and housing are far too small, says the party leader of the FPÖ, Marlene Svazek. Similar to the SPÖ, Svazek rejects the booster funds in the amount of 200 million euros.
SP criticism of booster: “Money is smuggled past”
The funds are a budget reserve that the government can use to react quickly and quickly in times of crisis, says Stöckl. The FPÖ, on the other hand, describes the reserve as ÖVP play money. The finance spokesman for the SPÖ, Markus Maurer, complains that it is money that the government made up of the ÖVP, Greens and NEOS can spend in the state parliament.
The SPÖ continues to criticize the 37 million euros that the state government wants to buy the Antheringer Au (Flachgau).