In addition, these budgets are being led by a disqualified President (sentence 149/2019 of the TSJC) and with a sentence ratified by the TS (sentence 438/2019), and supervised from prison by a coup leader sentenced to 13 years in prison (STS sentence of the special cause 20907/2017). “Therefore, we understand that these budgets will not only not be able to stabilize the crisis we are experiencing in Catalonia, but we also understand that the only thing they will do is worsen the situation, due to negligent economic policy. Budgetary policy in the region is void, since the community has budgets carried over from 2017. ” Garriga says.
From Vox it is seen with concern how Catalonia, years ago the locomotive of Spain, is losing more and more potential
productive and if the budgets are accepted, the contribution of Catalonia to the GDP of Spain will be less and less. In December 2019, Madrid surpassed Catalonia in generating wealth, but in the year 2000, for example, Catalan GDP was higher than that of Madrid, at around 8,000 million Euros.
Garriga denounces that “In the budgets agreed for this year 2020 by separatists and communists, there are increases in taxes in the sections of regional personal income tax, increases in heritage, patrimonial transfers, documented legal acts, successions and donations. In addition, 4 more own taxes are created: Tax on stays in tourist establishments, Tax on facilities that affect the environment, Tax on CO2 emissions from mechanical traction vehicles and Tax on port emissions from large ships ”Garriga maintains that "You have to spend less and better"
In this sense, VOX denounces that in the budgets that are approved;
▶ The public salaries of the highest senior officials in all of Spain are maintained, with 216 senior positions in the Generalitat who earn more than the Prime Minister (The salaries of Quim Torra and his counselors are 152,861.54 and 115,234.92, respectively, almost double what the President of the Government and the Ministers of Spain earn)
▶ 78 million euros is again earmarked for external action.
▶ The Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation will continue to be subsidized with 245 million.
On the contrary, they do not contemplate alleviating urgent needs of a social nature such as:
▶ Approve measures for the return of the 5,500 companies that left Catalonia after the 2018 coup d'état.
▶ Reverse the very poor number of housing construction in Catalonia. During the first three quarters of 2019, housing starts fell by 55.3% in the city of Barcelona and weighed down the whole of Catalonia, which fell by 4.6%. It is the only Spanish community that falls during the first three quarters of the year since the whole of Spain grows by 8.7%. And by contrast, there were 135,000 requests for officially protected housing last year alone.
▶ Boost birthrate because the average number of children per woman is 1.3, being the lowest since 2001.
▶ Increase healthcare spending and efficiency further, since 168,000 Catalans are awaiting an operation, while the Generalitat allocates hundreds of millions in separatist political propaganda.
▶ Cover the necessary expenses to improve Public Education and provide the concerted party with sufficient resources to guarantee access to a necessary system that guarantees plurality and quality.
▶ Really worry about dependency. There are more than 100,000 Catalans awaiting assessment of their degree of dependency and awaiting attention through services or benefits.
For all these reasons, Garriga concludes that "the budgets continue with superfluous expenses such as raising the salary of former presidents or financing TV3 and ignoring the basic needs in Health, Education and social aid."