Kretschmann urges early clarification of the federal-state financial dispute news
STUTTGART (dpa-AFX) – Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann is pushing for an early clarification of the financial dispute between the federal and state governments over the traffic light relief package. “Nothing is as bad as unresolved issues in crises,” said the Green politician on Tuesday in Stuttgart. Kretschmann considers a special prime ministerial conference on November 10, as it is now in the room, to be too late. “This takes too long.” The head of government believes that a quick agreement is urgently needed. “We have to commit ourselves.” It was not a good signal that no agreement could be reached at the federal-state conference on October 4th. “But that mustn’t happen a second time,” warned Kretschmann.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the prime ministers agreed in the unsuccessful meeting on October 4th to meet again promptly “as soon as the details of the effect of the energy price brakes are foreseeable and the tax estimate is available”. The result of the tax estimate is expected for the middle of next week. The states are insisting on a fair sharing of the burden between the federal, state and local governments when it comes to financing the package to relieve people of the high energy prices. But they also want more money for the care of refugees, for local public transport and the hospitals./hot/DP/mis