As happened in the 4-M campaign, the debate on taxation in Madrid does not disturb the center-right but opens cracks, and of importance, on the left. Then it happened between the candidates of PSOE and Podemos, Ángel Gabilondo and Pablo IglesiasBoth were already out of politics, given that the former did not believe it was convenient to raise a tax increase.

Now it has happened within the socialist ranks and the Government, without the need, on this occasion, to count on the collaboration of the purple formation for the brawl.

The idea of ​​a special tax for Madrid that compensates for the “capital effect”, raised for weeks by the socialist president of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, and to which this week the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations gave wings, Jose Luis Escriva (independent but attached to the socialist part of the Coalition Executive) has raised a lot of dust and the firm opposition of the Government of Isabel Diaz Ayuso and his own Pablo Casado, who accuse the Government of “madrileñophobia”.

The opposition leader assured that “Sánchez intends to cover his failure by attacking the autonomous communities of the PP” and promised to lower taxes and reduce bureaucracy “when we get to the Government” and, at the same time, improve regional financing.

But, at the same time, that proposal for a specific tax system for a single autonomy caused important rectifications in the Government and the PSOE. The Minister of Finance, Maria Jesus Montero, in a public act this Friday in the Cadiz town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, he was unusually forceful against a fellow cabinet, disavowing Escrivá.

“This government is never going to make a policy that faces the territories,” stated Montero, without expressly citing the head of Social Security. But the recipient of his message was clear: “That proposal is not on the government’s agenda and it will never be … I think I have been quite clear.” On the other hand, the minister responsible for fiscal policy accused the PP of being “permanently playing victimhood” and making “noise, trying to find controversy where there is nothing.”

Unauthorized Escrivá by the head of the Public Treasury Escrivá, the idea of ​​a tax only for Madrid also caused discrepancies between socialist territorial leaders.

Jalloul against Puig

The PSOE spokesperson in the Madrid Assembly, Hana Jalloul, He was quick to fix position, distancing himself from his Valencian teammate Puig. Jalloul advocated a “fair and equitable financing system for all autonomies” in which “those who earn the most are those who contribute the most to the well-being of all” but, he clarified, without putting “special taxes” on the citizens of the Community of Madrid.

The spokesperson for the Madrid Socialists, the third political force in the region after being surpassed on 4-M by Más Madrid, the formation she leads Monica GarciaHowever, he did not miss the opportunity to attack Ayuso for maintaining his commitment to a new tax cut, for example in the autonomous section of personal income tax. Something that for Jalloul benefits the upper classes and harms the sustainability of public services.

Despite everything, the Government tries to minimize the disavowal of Escrivá, ensuring that the idea of ​​a specific tax for Madrid was the Valencian president Puig and not his. The minister would have limited himself, according to sources from the Executive, to propose some type of compensatory measure to the capital effect within the autonomous financing system, without necessarily having to be fiscal.

The truth is that Escrivá, in the context of precisely a meeting with the head of the Government of Valencia, spoke of “exploring” compensation to other communities, without specifying at any time that not by way of taxes, as Montero later did.

The idea that there is a “fiscal dumping” by Madrid was already raised at the end of 2020 on the occasion of the negotiation of the General State Budgets with ERC. The spokesman for the Republicans in Congress, Gabriel Ruffian, came to speak of “tax haven” in reference to the Madrid community and pulled Pedro Sanchez the commitment to create a specific working group to address this issue.

Traditionally, Catalan nationalists have been pioneers in claiming the fiscal autonomy of the regions, since in the 1990s they began to achieve the first transfers of income tax tranches.


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