It is about a total volume of around 75 billion euros: On Thursday, the Berlin House of Representatives will decide on the double budget for the years 2022 and 2023. It is the last planned plenary session of the state parliament before the summer break. Because of the extensive budget deliberations, it begins an hour earlier than usual, namely at 9 a.m.
The usual Current Hour and Question Time are cancelled. Instead, a so-called general debate is planned, which is usually the opportunity for the opposition to settle accounts with the state government.
The FDP has already accused Red-Green-Red of spending the additional tax revenue with full hands. The CDU criticized that it was not a serious budgetary policy to distribute more money according to the watering can principle.
Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) is to comment on the budget law for the red-green-red Senate and is likely to resolutely reject criticism from the opposition. The factions of Red-Green-Red have repeatedly emphasized that it is wrong to want to save oneself out of the crisis.
Giffey under pressure after the SPD party congress
The debate should also be exciting because Giffey has had difficult days: on Sunday she and Raed Saleh were only with a poor score of less than 60 percent confirmed as state chairman at the party conference of the SPD.
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The comrades then also spoke out in favor of the expropriation of real estate companies if the Senate’s commission of experts should show a way there – against Giffey’s will. The SPD also decided to change course in the dispute over the further construction of the A100 city motorway and called for a planning freeze.
On Monday the Final agreement signed by the housing alliance initiated by the Governing Mayor – but without the tenants’ association on the one hand and the central real estate committee on the other hand as two important players. [Eine Analyse zu Giffeys Position in der Partei lesen Sie bei Tagesspiegel Plus.]
After the general discussion, the budget plans of all departments are discussed. The overall budget is only voted on at the end. That is only to be expected in the evening hours, as a spokesman for the House of Representatives said. However, it cannot be ruled out that it could be midnight.
The budget was drawn up later than usual this time because a new state parliament was elected at the end of September 2021. The new Senate presented its budget proposal on March 1st. This was then discussed by the members of the House of Representatives. (tsp, dpa)