Special session in the state parliament: government in Brandenburg defends corona closings for the catering and event industry

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 Prime Minister’s Conference decided that schools, daycare centers and companies should remain open, Redmann said. “And then it is ultimately the catering industry that provides a service to the general public, makes a special sacrifice so that we can get the infection numbers within a manageable range.”

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 State Audit Office and the opposition are resisting the possibility of establishing an exceptional emergency for two more years at the end of the year. They pointed out that the state budget should be drawn up annually and that clearer information about the situation for 2022 would be available by next autumn.

Brandenburg reports a record number of new corona infections

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.

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