VVD annoyed at tax hikes

18th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Pay, pay, pay. That is the message of the Budget Memorandum for 2008, says liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte. "The cabinet will spend billions of euros extra next year and will let the hard working Dutch foot the bill."

18 September 2007

THE HAGUE – Pay, pay, pay. That is the message of the Budget Memorandum for 2008, says liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte. "The cabinet will spend billions of euros extra next year and will let the hard working Dutch foot the bill."

Not the right signal, says Rutte, who has announced that his party will put up strong opposition to the plans. The VVD is also disappointed at where "the most left-wing cabinet in years" plans to spend its money and attention.

Rutte gives the cabinet a failing mark for its policies on integration and immigration, security and fighting traffic congestion.

Nor is the VVD happy with the pension policy. The government wants pensioners to contribute to the old age pension and plans to restrict the deductibility of pension premiums for higher incomes. In doing so it is "taking an axe to the stability of our pension system," Rutte says.

Labour PvdA faction leader Jacques Tichelaar says the budget for next year is "more social than ever before" and the best budget drawn up under Balkenende's leadership.

"The PvdA makes all the difference. This cabinet's first budget is strong, green and social," the social democrats said in their first reaction to the Budget Memorandum.

"This government will invest in work, neighbourhoods, the environment, healthcare and education and is at the same time on the way to a historically low state debt. The strongest shoulders bear the heaviest burdens and the greatest polluters pay," the PvdA said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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