Budget Aargauer 2019 was decided. After a total of nearly eight hours of debate, spread over two days, the General Council on Tuesday approved the Governing Council's estimates with some changes. 83 parliamentarians said yes, 49 rejected the budget.
No vote came from the far right and left. Both Greens and SVP were unhappy and tense for the final vote. Since different applications were not accepted, both groups were unable to live with the estimates. Even if they agreed that financial policy, as Aargau practiced, could not be sustained for the benefit of future generations, the reasons for this were, of course, completely different. The Greens would have liked a lot more ecological projects and thus actions against climate change in the budget considered, SVP will take much more austerity measures to prevent long-term bankruptcy. SVP has already clarified in its inaugural debate Tuesday that it will reject the budget. The greens hesitated then.
The control leg remains the same
In the other fractions, however, the estimate came out. At the end of the debate, the Grand Council rescued 1'000,000 francs from the government's proposal, which means that the 2019 budget will provide a good profit of millions of francs. The cantonal tax rate remains unchanged, the SVP's two percentage point reduction request was rejected by the majority.
Eventually, the Greens and the SVP agreed, but shortly before they reached a small scandal between the two poles. In the detailed debate on the Health and Wellbeing Department posts, Jean-Pierre Gallati, on behalf of the SVP, proposed reducing the number of intra-cantonal patients in the budget so that they could save 17 million francs. An application that was considered unrealistic and unlikely, but for Green Robert Obrist was "supportive" supporter. His despair over the explosion of health costs has gone so far as to call SVP government adviser and health director Franziska Roth to resign. "Make room for a woman who can do that," the counselor of the government adviser said. The health director's certificate of performance is miserable.
Already in last year's budget debate, construction sites in the health sector have been a major topic, and a year later, nothing has changed. Franziska Roth is weak and communicates badly, added Obrist. The Green Party has to shoot its criticism of the Government Council, Gallati said. It would not have been understandable how the government could present a budget without meeting health costs.
"It is sad that we have to hold such inappropriate talks because of an impossible demand," Jürg Knuchel from SP said. He urged lawmakers to come back to this issue. Roth government adviser did not respond to Obrist's resignation request. Later, she told Tele M1 that she had a thick skin.
Wages are increased
Several facts were the debates when it came to the Government's proposal on the Fiscal Department and the salary increases for government employees. The government council predicted an increase of 1%, the SP filed the demand for salary adjustment of 1.8%. "The Aargau Canton can not do that much," Regina Lehmann told SVP. She has asked for an increase.
It's not a generous growth, Marco Hardmeier (SP) said, but for an inflation adjustment. This is not the case either in industry or in industry, Benjamin Giezendanner (SVP) said. "I can not tolerate the fact that the Grand Council continues to complain about the poor working conditions of state employees," Giezendanner said. FDP and CVP supported the government's request, the Greens supported the SP.
The increase in wages is necessary, said financial director Markus Dieth. "Demand is not exaggerated, we have offset inflation," the government council said. The canton should remain attractive as a motivated employee employer. The Council followed the government and decided to increase by one percentage point. However, Gabriel Lüthy's (FDP) request to cover public sector wages on the 2020 budget for the 2020-2022 plan was rejected.
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