Mon Jan 30th, 2017 at 02:17:31 PM EST
Since Christian Kern has succeeded the chancellorship there have been non stop rumors of early elections. First came the CETA theater where the socialists stated concerns and the conservatives insisted. The only product was a legally non binding document, popularly derided as a "Beipackzettel", the common term for usage advisories packed with medicine. Entirely unrelated there is apopular petition against CETA and TiPP closing today that is expected to give a strong showing.
Still there were voices that insisted that only the delay in the presidential elections stopped Kern's diabolical plans for new elections.
Now the coalition partners have produced a document that is supposed to be the base for the next 18 months. I skimmed through it below the fold.
Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger
It starts with not particularly objectionable tax cuts and reduced social contributions. The first point that jumps out here is 1.7, earlier write off for investments in machinery in 2017. Notable because the chancellor was in favor of machine taxes once upon a time.
1.8 High rents caused by demand and supply. More private capital in social housing. A bit of nudging.
1.9 Labour flexibility. Basically nothing. A deadline for the social partners without any clear statement what the goal is.
1.11 They want to change EU legislation so jobs can be offered preferably to Austrians, family transfer payments to be indexed to country.
1.19 Easier firing for new hires at 50+.
1.23 Excellence cluster, start up word salad. State guarantees, no actual money.
2.2 Access limits for universities. The socialists always opposed this. More autonomy for schools, "objective criteria" for resources. Everyone to get a laptop.
3.2 "market conform" subsidy regime for renewables. Not defined what exactly.
3.4 Plan to have a plan about climate and environment.
Leading anti state groups to be made a crime.
More surveillance everywhere, automatic scan of license plates. Apparently some pre crime going on here: "persons suspected of terroristic crimes to be taken into custody". Supposedly for a reasonable value of "suspected" that is already the case?
Not 5 because immigration is now security. Burka ban, "value contracts", sanctions for non compliance, "the state to be religiously neutral" in particular judges and prosecutors. I don't think I have to spell out what that means? Commercial transport to be made liable for transporting illegals, border controls.
Everything to be cost neutral.
In case anyone wondered: European Social Democrats, still worse than useless.
Update [2017-1-30 21:39:38 by generic]:
I forgot to mention the 1500€/month minimum wage that is supposed to be negotiated by the social partners within the year. Not sure what that would make after social contributions but it is still the one clearly positive point.