Finance

Soder’s 61-billion package and a small victory for the opposition

Soder's 61-billion package and a small victory for the opposition

Three months after prime minister markus soder’s government declaration, the CSU has decided on numerous political priorities in the state parliament and secured the financing. The opposition’s massive criticism of the 61-billion-euro supplementary budget and the various amendments – including the creation of a border police force, a state office for asylum, the reestablishment of a supreme state court and the passage of the mental health assistance law – was inconsequential on wednesday, however, because of the CSU’s absolute majority of the votes.

There was only one point on which the SPD, the greens and the free voters were allowed to throw a spanner in the works: the votes needed to change the constitution for the planned limitation of the term of office for bavarian minister presidents were not to be obtained, according to the opposition’s previous announcements. A two-thirds majority in the state parliament is needed to change the constitution. But the opposition refused to support it, seeing the mabnahme as nothing more than an electoral manover.

Expensive election gifts?

At least financially, the state parliament paved the way for the implementation of soder’s other announcements from his first government declaration in april. The increase in the budget to 61 billion euros is already the second time the budget has been revised. He now also secures the political priorities announced by soder, such as the introduction of a state care allowance and a bavarian family allowance. Both payments are to be made from september onwards – i.E. Before the state elections on 14 october. October – to be paid to applicants.

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Warning strikes by ig metall start in bavaria

Warning strikes by ig metall start in bavaria

First day of major warning strikes in the bavarian metal industry underway. Early wednesday morning, 180 employees of the automotive supplier faurecia in geiselhoring, lower bavaria, stopped work. "The entire early shift joins in. The workforce has gathered in front of the company premises with whistles and placards", said the second representative of IG metall landshut, birgit von garrel. The faurecia employees had the closure of the company in 2014 in mind. "Here it concerns thus also the high one of the compensation ", said von garrel.

In total, the union is calling for action at 17 companies on wednesday, to be followed in the morning by actions at MAN in munich or renk in augsburg, among others. Focus on the munich area, swabia and lower bavaria. With the actions, the union wants to increase the pressure on the employers of the bavarian metal and electrical industry in the stagnating collective bargaining round. Employers had already strongly criticized the union for the announced massive warning strikes.

Actions in 80 companies

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Bubbling with farmers against agricultural policy

bubbling with farmers against agricultural policy

New environmental requirements, stricter manure rules – and cheap prices for meat, sausage and milk in supermarkets? A seething among germany’s farmers.

For several weeks now, protests have been forming across germany against the agricultural policy in berlin and against more and more demands and requirements that many farmers see only as "negative sentiment" against their profession. This tuesday, thousands of farmers will once again drive into the capital with tractors to vent their displeasure. At the brandenburg gate, agriculture minister julia klockner (CDU) wants to face the demonstrators. Politics switches more to "grief mode" for the villages.

The rally in berlin will be attended by around 10.000 participants expected, 2000 vehicles to roll in on a star-shaped route. In mid-november, there were already protests at the conference of environment ministers in hamburg; in october, farmers drove to several cities, 6000 to bonn alone. The "land schafft verbindung" initiative, in which tens of thousands of farmers have joined forces, has called for protests. State and district farmers’ associations were also involved and supported the actions, the german farmers’ association said. Secretary general bernhard krusken said about the rally in berlin: "the demo will show that there has to be a new start in the social dialogue."

Finance

Ireland borrows 2.5 billion euros

Ireland borrows 2.5 billion euros

Finance minister michael noonan called the placement a "very welcome and very positive development". The bonds, which mature in 2017, had been placed with investors at a yield of 3.32 percent, the irish debt agency NTMA said in dublin on tuesday evening.

The action is considered as a further step of the crisis state of ireland to be able to finance itself again roughly on the free market. In december 2010, the country slipped under the bailout umbrella of the EU and international rescue funds and is benefiting from loan guarantees totaling 67.5 billion euros. The package expires at the end of 2013.

The interest in the bond was rough, the debt agency announced. Bids worth 7 billion euros had been received. 200 investors had applied for the papers. A number of banks were involved in the placement process. The irish debt agency wants to raise a total of 10 billion euros this year, so a quarter of the target has already been reached.

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Budget agreement in the usa: latest shutdown probably averted

Budget agreement in the usa: latest shutdown probably averted

Five weeks before another threatened shutdown of the u.S. Administration, democrats and republicans wrangled their way to a budget plan for the next two years. By the deadline of 15. But the senate and house of representatives still have to vote on the paper in january.

The bill eases the planned across-the-board budget cuts of $65 billion (47.3 billion euros) for 2014, which had severely affected the US military and several agencies, among others. Instead, significant cuts are to be made in other areas – but no longer in accordance with the turf-mowing principle previously provided for in the law. Even if government spending initially rises again, the U.S. Deficit is expected to shrink by 23 billion dollars in the long term.

Already huge spending on the u.S. Military is set to rise further. They account for more than half of the budget. Countermeasures to be taken with higher airline ticket prices. Tax increases are not planned, contrary to the wishes of US president barack obama.

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Dispute over parking space and runway

With 125000 euro net the city wanted to participate in the construction of a mobile home park on the aquaria-gelande. This decision was taken by the finance senate at its meeting in january. At that time, the grunflachenamt was still assuming construction costs of 320000 euros (gross). Construction was to be carried out by suc bus und aquaria gmbh, which also operates the baths. But now the results of the building ground survey are available. The result: soil replacement will cost around 60,000 euros.

In addition, the construction companies are asking for considerably more money than was estimated at the beginning of the year. The bid prices are around 35,000 euros higher than the estimated costs. 95,000 euros net more – that’s what the city and suc should share, at least that’s what the suc wanted. However, thomas bittorf (CSU) did not want to agree: suc had just achieved a record result of eight million euros. He said that they would be able to finance this on their own. Wolf-rudiger benzel (grune) also did not want to share the additional costs. The two were the only ones to speak out in this regard – but they had the majority: max beyersdorf (CSU), adelheid frankenberger (SBC) and horst geuter (WPC) also voted against the 47,000 euro increase in the subsidy.
"It must be clear to those who were against it that now the mobile home park will not come", commented bettina lesch-lasaridis (SPD), who had voted for it. Gerhard amend (CSB) also said that the agreement with the suc is now void. In view of such consequences, gerhard amend moved that the item be discussed and voted on again. This is possible if a two-thirds majority can be found in the committee.
There was – only benzel, beyersdorf and bittorf stuck to the decision already made. In the end, beyersdorf and bittorf also voted for gerhard amend’s compromise proposal: in january, it had been clear that there could still be costs due to a soil exchange. If these costs were known at the time, they were half included in the city subsidy, so the city had agreed to pay 155000 euros instead of 125 000 euros, amend calculated. The city can also afford this in view of good tax revenues, confirmed chamber regina eberwein. She recalled that all the parliamentary groups wanted this site, and they wanted it as soon as possible.
In the end, the entire senate voted for the 155000 euro grant. What the suc think about it is an open question: jorn packobnick-kirchner, director of the aquaria, had pointed out that the construction costs would not be amortized for 15 years. If the burden of the mobile home park continues to rise, the fiscal interconnection is in jeopardy. Losses at suc bus and aquaria are offset by profits at suc energie and H 2 O-gmbh. Ultimately, this benefits the city, which would otherwise have had to absorb the deficit in city bus and bath operations.

Rail damage: 67,000 euros

Eberhard frobel wants the tartan track at the dr.-tartan track at the dr stocke sports facility as quickly as possible. The city is to go for it in advance. The head of the coburg sports office also explained why to the finance senate: so that the clubs and schools can use the running track again as quickly as possible.
Some members of the senate warned that the city could lose claims against the insurance companies in this way. Frobel and legal director stefanie grundmann disagreed: repairs would only be carried out when it was clear that the insurance would then also pay. The city should only pay in advance, as it does for other damage to sports facilities.
As reported, in the dismantling of the tribunes for the "dream game" was a home team against FC bayern munchen end of august the tartanbahn was damaged. Max beyersdorf (CSU) therefore also criticized the organizer, the bayern fan club "red residenz": "an event is only over when it is dismantled." During construction, every precaution was taken, confirmed mayor norbert tessmer (SPD).
The finance senate finally released the requested 67000 euros, not without the mabgabe that it must be clarified that the insurance pays. The question, however, is whether the insurance sum is sufficient to cover the actual damage incurred. If not, the organizer would have to pay for it himself.

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Negotiations on eu fiscal pact end without result

Negotiations on eu fiscal pact end without result

However, they prepared the meeting of chancellor angela merkel with the leaders of the parties this wednesday. Merkel had previously assured the opposition that the government intends to implement a financial transaction tax in europe.

CDU budget expert norbert barthle said he was optimistic that the fiscal pact for more budgetary discipline, together with the ESM bailout fund, would be passed by a two-thirds majority in the bundestag before the summer recess. For that, the black-yellow government needs votes from the opposition.

However, SPD parliamentary manager thomas oppermann demanded: "the coalition must take the irreversible path to the introduction of the financial transaction tax. We call for a clear decision, which should also include a concrete timetable."

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Ude allergy in the csu

Ude allergy in the csu

Long years of truce between black state government and red-green munich. The mayor of munich, christian ude, seemed to have forgotten his SPD party book, the state government loves him in peace. The good times are over. Since ude announced his candidacy last fall, there has been no sign of the former truce between the state capital and the state government – on either side. The climate has deteriorated rapidly. The disadvantage is by no means only for the citizens of the state capital, but also for the residents of other parts of bavaria.

As a native of nuremberg and a CSU politician, finance minister markus soder is neither a supporter of munich nor a friend of ude. Soder has just discovered a new way to please ude argern and the rest of the bavarian municipalities: the state capital is to forego its key allocations of 140 million euros in the municipal financial equalization scheme. Soder’s argument: as the seat of state government and many dax corporations, the state capital has locational advantages that no other municipality can compete with. "Munich is the richest city and profits from everything", says soder. "It cannot be that additional money from the municipal family then flows into munich."

Minister president horst seehofer himself subsequently emphasized that he had no "lex munchen" predefined, but the predictable quarrel had already broken out. "I welcome the fact that the CSU has discovered the problems of structurally weak municipalities after 55 years in government, mocked ude. A reform of the municipal fiscal equalization system was, of course, examined without bias. "But so far there is no concept from the state government, only party slogans." There must be "no party-politically motivated anti-munich action".

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Horn employees are stunned

Horn employees are stunned

"We put our backs into it. We have made overtime and no vacation. We did our best and we are in the black again. But now we can go. Thank you", says one employee only. He worked in production at the grafengehaig company for more than twenty years, has a family and is in his forties. "It will be difficult for us", female already and can not say more about the situation. For he is at a loss for words.

"We still have four weeks of extension. I’ll probably have to go to the employment office now", says astrid witzgall. The shock is still in her limbs as well. She was active in the preparatory stage of the production, has 23 years gladly with the company horn worked. And because she was from grafengehaig, the workplace was just ideal. "We all hoped until the end. But now we are all just sad, devastated. We are all disappointed, our livelihoods are at stake", says astrid witzgall. "The people have all relied on the fact that it goes on. That could break our neck", says the worker. Most of the employees did not want to or could not say anything about the situation after the staff meeting.

The news spreads like wildfire in grafengehaig. In the village store "unner ladla" in grafengehaig everyone in the village put their heads together. Everyone had hoped for a happy ending.

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More than half of forchheim’s county roads are in need of rehabilitation

More than half of forchheim's county roads are in need of rehabilitation

Worrying and alarming, some forchheim county councilors called the presentation on county-owned roads by dieter els. The head of the civil engineering office presented to the members of the construction and traffic committee on monday the maintenance work and investments he is planning up to 2023, and the financial resources the district council should include in the budget.

For this, the administration had commissioned the engineering firm heller from darmstadt to analyze the 247.199 kilometers of circular roads. Among other things, the road damage and irregularities were examined, as well as the grip of the road surface and the functioning of the drainage system. "So the condition of our county roads is not exhilarating", els stated.

One in three particularly bad

The condition of the road was assessed with grades from 1 to 5 and divided into three qualities. From a warning value of 3.0, the roads should be intensively monitored, els explained. From the threshold value of 4.5, it must even be examined whether structural or traffic-restricting measures must be introduced.

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