The President of the Government claims progressive taxes at the closing of the La Toja Forum
Strong defense of the fiscal plan that the Government has announced this week. That is what the intervention of the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, consisted of at the closing of the La Toja Forum this morning. “There is no greater tool to combat inequality than the welfare state […] Social justice requires a starting condition, and that is tax justice”, assured the socialist leader.
The complex economic situation and the response to deal with such a situation has dominated part of Sánchez’s speech in Pontevedra. The leader of the PSOE has warned that this time they should be the ones who have the most to lend a hand to move the country forward. “What we cannot claim is to have a Welfare State like the Nordic countries with levels of tax revenue typical of less advanced countries.”
Sánchez has claimed the role that the public sector should play. “It cannot be limited to playing the role of arbitrator alien to the debate on the modernization of our productive fabric,” he stated after assuring that he must co-lead, together with the private sector, this task.
“Our country does not have a public spending problem as some would have us see,” Sánchez pointed out. He also recalled that before the pandemic, Spain was the EU country with the least tax revenue and the eleventh with the least public spending. «These five years we have been five points below the EU (…) The question is who we want to look like in the future. Do we want to be Europeans with a European welfare state? Provide income to our welfare state. And who should pay for this welfare state? It is already written in the Magna Carta. All citizens must pay for it.
For this reason, the President of the Executive has claimed taxes, which, in his opinion, should be progressive. According to Sánchez, the latest guidelines issued by international organizations question the fiscal irresponsibility that some make a show of and advise following the opposite and very clear path, taxing the highest incomes in order to provide social protection to the citizens of our countries«.
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