The regional president expresses from the lagoon his desire that 2022 be “a great year for the Region of Murcia” and “leave the pandemic behind”
The president of the Community, Fernando López Miras, expressed this Saturday, New Year’s Day, his conviction that 2022 “will be a great year for the Region of Murcia”, and showed his “hope” in “leaving the pandemic behind.” To do this, he appealed to “move forward together”, since together “we are stronger and we reach our goals sooner.”
During his institutional message, López Miras addressed all Murcians from the Mar Menor, “which must now be a great example of hope and everyone’s involvement, without confrontations,” he said. The head of the regional Executive stressed that this year the regional government will allocate “the largest amount ever invested in the ecosystem”, to preserve what he cataloged as “a treasure not only natural but also identity and cultural, which we have the obligation to recover for the future generations”.
Regarding the pandemic, the president asked “to continue advancing in vaccination”, which already reaches 91.2 percent of the population of the Region. He stated that he was “convinced” that the new year “will allow us to recover more and more everyday aspects of our lives and our traditions, such as Holy Week”, and stated that, despite the effects of the virus, “the future is exciting ».
He also stressed that, from a health point of view, “we will continue to make an effort to combat this virus and its consequences with all the tools at our disposal. Our pulse will not tremble. In relation to 2021, “a very difficult year for everyone”, he recalled that “we have always been ahead” in health management, and that the Region of Murcia “has set the pace for the rest of the country with the courageous measures we have adopted ».
López Miras transferred his “affection and affection” to “families mired in grief due to the loss of one of their own due to the pandemic”, as well as “to those who are still hospitalized today, sick, or suffering the consequences of the virus.” . He also showed his “enormous gratitude” to “those who take care of us, our magnificent health professionals who fight every day on the front line against the disease.” Likewise, he extended this gratitude to the teachers, “who, with their efforts, have made the classrooms of the Region of Murcia the safest social space”, as well as to the Security Forces and Bodies, firefighters, local police and protection civil.
Economic reactivation and tax cuts
Regarding the economic prism, he stressed that “the economic recovery figures that we have already achieved are encouraging.” As an example, he stated that “we have managed to recover the companies that had been lost by Covid-19”, and pointed out the increase in the number of employed persons in the Region in the last year. To consolidate these records, the Regional Executive “has undertaken ambitious reforms that have made our economy more competitive,” said the president, who reaffirmed his commitment to make the Region “the best place to invest, to create companies, and with it , generate new jobs ».
López Miras announced that, in the face of the new year, the “highest budgets in the history of the Community” will protect health and will allow the launching of new bonuses in the autonomous section of personal income tax for young people and working mothers.
Among the new initiatives, the regional manager also cited the aid for young people to access their first home, the extension of the elimination of the tax on donations to siblings, uncles and nephews, as well as the bonus in the Wealth Tax for investments in projects of regional interest. “All these measures will translate into savings for more than 300,000 Murcians”, in what will be “one more step to strengthen the economic freedom of the citizens of the Region of Murcia.”
Defense of the transfer and solution to under-financing
López Miras stated that in 2022 “we must continue to defend the work that, like the Mar Menor, defines us as a region and explains where we come from: the Tajo-Segura transfer.” For the regional leader, this infrastructure “is synonymous with more than four decades of progress, well-being, employment and contribution to the development of Spain, which should be sufficient guarantee so that its existence is not questioned.” The debate on the transfer, according to López Miras, “should take place only to improve it, and to make it the basis of a State pact on water.”
Regarding the under-financing that the Region of Murcia receives from the central government, López Miras asked “to raise our voice as one, without nuances”, because “the well-being of a million and a half Murcians” is at stake. In this sense, he demanded “fair financing, which is the expression of a real need and an overwhelming logic: that all Spaniards are equal and receive the same treatment. Our demand is not aimed at confrontation, but we are seeking an agreement. ”
Message of support for La Palma
In his review of the year already concluded, López Miras also referred to the eruption of the La Palma volcano, to emphasize that “the Government of the Canary Islands, the Cabildo and the palm trees will always be able to count on the unconditional support of the Region of Murcia for the task of recovery that now undertake ». Thus, he valued “the solidarity and empathy of all Murcians” in the face of this event, and recalled that “we are a people that has gone through a very similar situation”, referring to the 2011 Lorca earthquake.