Representatives of the red-black-green Kenya coalition in the Brandenburg state parliament have defended the planned new lockdown for industries such as gastronomy and hotels as well as in the cultural sector.
“We do not know where exactly the new infections occur,” admitted CDU parliamentary group leader Jan Redmann on Thursday. “But if we want to limit the contacts, we have to say in which areas this should happen.”
Keeping schools and daycare centers open is top priority
The leader of the Green Group, Petra Budke, also emphasized that keeping schools and daycare centers open was “top priority” for the coalition. “I can understand a lot of people from the catering and entertainment industry who say:” We have done so much and now there are tough cuts again, “said Budke. “But it cannot be that we make cuts again with the children and young people.” Therefore, other areas would have to accept these cuts.
Anyone who now had high financial losses would have to be adequately compensated, she demanded. “I am thinking of the small business owners, the artists and the entire cultural sector – because we must not jeopardize livelihoods.”
Billion loans planned
Despite constitutional concerns of the state audit office and the opposition, the red-black-green Kenya coalition wants to take out billions in loans to cope with the corona crisis by 2022.
“Even if a vaccine against corona is approved next spring, the vaccine must be produced and the population vaccinated,” said CDU parliamentary group leader Redmann. “That will drag on until 2022.” Therefore, an extraordinary emergency should be determined by the state parliament by 2022 in order to be able to take out new loans. A budget without new debts could only be targeted again in 2023, said Redmann.
Prepare the state budget by 2022
The coalition will only comment on the amount of the loans after the tax assessment in November, said the Green parliamentary group leader Budke and SPD parliamentary group leader Erik Stohn. So far, the state government had planned new debt of 1.9 billion euros for the 2021 budget. Finance Minister Katrin Lange (SPD) had also brought new loans totaling 3 billion euros into play.