It is a tradition at Leutschenbach: In the “Arena” broadcasts before the votes, the responsible Federal Council members step into the ring to make the opinion of the entire Federal Council known.
So it is also planned for the voting arenas before September 27, as “Arena” presenter Sandro Brotz (50) announced on Twitter. Simonetta Sommaruga (60, SP) is fighting for the new hunting law, Viola Amherd (58, CVP) is fighting for new fighter jets, Alain Berset (48, SP) is promoting a two-week paternity leave and Karin Keller-Sutter (56, FDP) argues against the Limitation initiative.
Mason is “not available”
But wasn’t there another template? Exactly, the planned increase in child tax deductions. Finance Minister Ueli Maurer (69, SVP) is responsible for the dossier. But this is missing from Brotz’s list.
“Of course we also invited Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer to the show,” says Brotz to BLICK. “Unfortunately he is not available.”
Einsatz against heart
It is an open secret that Maurer rejects the increase in child deductions for direct federal taxes from CHF 6,500 today to CHF 10,000. In parliament he had warned against it together with the leftthat the bill would lead to tax losses of CHF 350 million and primarily relieve rich families. “Young families with children have financial problems, if anything,” said Maurer at the time.
But the majority of the CVP, FDP and SVP did not want to listen to the finance minister – and increased the child deductions. Now Maurer contre coeur has to work to relieve well-off families. Because the Federal Council is allowed to according to the federal law on political rights did not represent a voting recommendation that deviates from the “attitude of the Federal Assembly”.
And Maurer obviously doesn’t feel like doing that. From his finance department it only says: “The Federal Councilors are free to decide whether to participate in the voting arena.” Maurer will not participate.
Not the first rejection
It is not the first time that the finance minister has given Swiss television a basket. In 2013 the newly crowned Federal President refused to appear in the presidential “arena”. In the program “Eco” he ran out of the studio a few years later because a contribution to tax proposal 17 did not suit him.
And it is still unforgettable today when Shortly after the 2015 Federal Council elections, Maurer let an SRF reporter run up with the words “kä Luscht”.
Moderator Brotz shouldn’t be too saddened by Maurer’s rejection. Finally, the two got into each other’s hair six years ago in the “Rundschau”. At that time, after only a few questions about the grip, Maurer lost his composure and grumbled at Brotz: “That is a poor journalistic achievement. Point!”